SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 6, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 6, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, February 6, 2018.

The sky was clear with light air turbulence making the seeing and transparency good at the time these images were taken.

Generally, low solar activity was observed over the past 24 hours. The lone visible sunspot group AR2699 has grown slightly in structure and now possess beta (bipolar) spot magnetic configuration but remains relatively stable and expected to not produce any major flares in the next few days. Several B-class flares were recorded by space weather agencies throughout the monitoring period The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 17. One of these B-class flares and tiny prominences at the southeastern limb were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at low levels with chances of B-class to possibly C-class flares. The extent of the frequency and intensity of the Sun’s activity will highly depend on the magnetic flux fluctuations happening in the visible ARs in the coming days. 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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