SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 23, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 23, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, May 23, 2018.

The sky was clear but experience light to moderate breeze making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken.

The recently designated sunspot group AR2710 but was inactive and it did not produce any flaring activity over the past 24 hours as it still exhibits relatively stable bipolar (beta) magnetic configuration. Meanwhile, two new sunspot regions (encircled) are also being monitored. First is the one about to show up from the eastern limb which produced two (2) B-class flares based on space weather agency records, and the other one which developed multiple pores over the past 24 hours (about to designated as AR2711 as of posting time). The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 20. Few tiny prominences at the limbs, as well as flaring activity from the new sunspot region at the eastern limb, AR2710, and the upcoming AR2711, were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast relatively low solar activity to persist with chances of B-class to C-class solar flares. 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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