SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 7, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 7, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, February 1, 2018.

The sky was mostly covered with high clouds with intermittent light to moderate winds making the seeing and transparency poor at the time these images were taken.

More flaring activity was observed from AR2699 over the past 24 hours. Space weather agencies reported several B-class and a single C-class flare from this lone visible sunspot group but overall generally low solar activity has persisted throughout the monitoring period. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 17.  Currently possessing beta (bipolar) magnetic configuration, it is expected to produce more of this weak solar flare activity in the next few days. A tiny eruptive prominence at the southeastern limb was distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at very low to low levels with chances B-class to C-class solar 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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