SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 30, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 30, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, May 30, 2018.

The sky was clear but experienced intermittent moderate breeze making the transparency good but with average seeing, at the time these images were taken.
The lone visible sunspot group AR2712 has experienced gradual decay in sunspot structure but increased slightly in coverage area as relatively low solar activity prevails. It only produced a weak B-class solar flare over the past 24 hours. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 16. Its associated plage and a huge eruptive hedgerow prominence at the southeastern limb were still distinctively seen in H-alpha imagery.

With this stance, space weather agencies forecast a slight decline in the probability of any significant flaring activity from AR2712, still ranging between B-class and isolated C-class intensity. in the next couple days. 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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