SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 20, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 20, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, May 20, 2018.

The sky was clear but experienced intermittent moderate to fresh breeze making the seeing average and transparency good at the time these images were taken.

Very low solar activity has persisted over the past 24 hours as the Sun remains spotless, absent of any designated active regions and significant flaring activity. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. Few small prominences and spicules at the limbs, and a filament at the near-central region of the Sun’s visible disk 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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