SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 28, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 28, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, May 28, 2018.

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

With the recent departure of AR2711 in the northwestern limb, solar activity has dropped in intensity. The only visible sunspot group AR2712 grew in sunspot structure and coverage area but it did not produce any significant flaring activity over the past 24 hours. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 18. Few small prominences with the exception of fairly large eruptive ones at the southeastern limb, as well as the associated plages of the upper-mentioned active regions, were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to be at low levels with chances of B-class to isolated C-class solar flares mainly from AR2712. 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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