SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 1, 2017

SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 1, 2017

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 1, 2017.

The sky was clear with very little air turbulence making the seeing and transparency excellent at the time these images were taken.

As expected, very low to low solar activity has persisted over the past 24 hours. No major flaring activity was recorded except for a single weak B-class flare from AR2682; while the small sunspot AR2681 and the larger AR2683 were dormant at this point. All ARs displayed little structural change from the previous and still currently possess relatively stable magnetic configuration which poses no threat to any major solar magnetic outbursts.

The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 36.

Space weather agencies* forecast low to very low solar activity to continue with minimum solar flare activity, ranging up to C-class intensity. 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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