SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 12, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 12, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, May 12, 2018.

The sky was hazy with light to moderate air turbulence making the seeing and transparency average to poor at the time these images were taken.

The lone visible sunspot group AR2709 grew another sunspot but has remained relatively inactive that no significant flaring activity was recorded over the past 24 hours.  The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 12. Nothing much happening with the Sun lately as several plages associated with AR2709 and previous sunspot groups, a huge filament at the southern portion of the Sun’s disk and several small prominences at the limbs 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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