SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 10, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 10, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, May 10, 2018.

The sky was hazy with intermittent moderate breeze making the seeing and transparency poor at the time these images were taken.

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. AR2708 has completely vanished, leaving AR2709 as the lone visible sunspot group at this moment. No significant flaring activity associated with the two sunspot regions was recorded throughout the monitoring period. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 11. Few tiny prominences the limbs, as well as filaments across and plages from former AR2708 and AR2709  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. 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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