SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 24, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 24, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, May 24, 2018.

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

A further non-Earth-directed flaring activity of B-class to C-class intensity was observed from the new active region rotating towards Earth-view from the eastern limb (to be designated as AR2712 in the few hours) throughout the past 24 hours. On the other hand, the other two sunspot group AR2710 (experienced slight decay)  and AR2711 (sunspot structure expanded in coverage area) and were inactive. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 36. Several tiny prominences, as well as the associated plages from the visible active regions, were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

With this stance, space weather agencies expect increasing flaring probability ranging from B-class or isolated C-class intensity from these sunspot groups. 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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