SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 3, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 3, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, February 3, 2018.

The sky was partly cloudy and experienced some intermittent light to moderate winds making the seeing and transparency average to poor at the time these images were taken.

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. A new sunspot group was spotted at the Sun’s eastern limb as it rotated towards Earth-view and was designated as AR2698. Currently possessing a small single-spot (alpha) magnetic configuration, it is currently inactive and stable posing little to no threat for any major solar flare activity.  The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 11. No solar flares were recorded throughout the monitoring period. Few eruptive prominences at the southeastern limb were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at very low levels with chances of weak X-ray fluxes or flares ranging up to B-class intensity. Close monitoring is being conducted by numerous space weather agencies for any significant development.

*TECHNICAL REPORTS COURTESY OF SOLAR INFLUENCE DATA CENTER (SIDC), NOAA-SPACE WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER (NOAA-SWPC)

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