SUNSPOT MONITORING – JULY 22, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – JULY 22, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, July 22, 2018.

The sky was clear with calm winds making the seeing and transparency good at the time these images were taken.

The tiny sunspot spotted yesterday has been designated as AR2716 by space weather agencies, though barely seen in visible imagery and as a small region of plage in H-alpha imagery; breaking the three-week spotless Sun streak. It was inactive and did produce any flaring activity and was observed to be decaying in structure shortly after its designation. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 10.  Few huge eruptive prominences, as well as two fairly large filaments at the central portion of the Sun’s disk, were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to be at very low levels with chances of weak X-ray fluxes or flares ranging up to B-class intensity. 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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