SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 8, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 8, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, February 8, 2018.

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

The lone visible sunspot group AR2699 has grew further in structure and developed more magnetic complexity. Now possessing beta-gamma (multi-polarity with mostly bipolar) magnetic configuration, more solar flare activity was observed by space weather agencies from this active sunspot group ranging from B-class to C-class intensity. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 22. Several small filaments, plages, and prominences were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Despite the present activity of AR2699, space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at low levels with chances of B-class to C-class (possibly up to M-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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