SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 4, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 4, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, February 4, 2018.

The sky was mostly clear but experienced intermittent moderate to fresh breeze making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken.

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. No active sunspot group currently exist on the Sun’s visible disk. A new sunspot region was seen rotating from the Sun’s eastern limb (encircled). This will be closely monitored for any progress in structure and magnetic configuration that could affect the solar activity status in the coming few days. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0.  Few tiny prominences at the limbs and a plage at the central portion of the Sun’s visible disk 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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