SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 16, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 16, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, May 16, 2018.

The sky was partly cloudy with intermittent light to moderate breeze making the seeing and transparency average to poor at the time these images were taken.

The Sun remains spotless as very quiet solar activity persisted over the past 24 hours. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. Space weather agencies reported an active region that recently rotated into Earth-view seen in STEREO and SDO coronograph satellite imagery but invisible in both visible and H-alpha imagery, not verifying the issuance of a new sunspot group.  The plage associated with former AR2709 and few small prominences 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. 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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