SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 1, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 1, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 1, 2018.

The sky was clear with light air turbulence making the seeing and transparency good at the time these images were taken.

The lone visible sunspot group AR2723 (Modified Zurich/McIntosh sunspot group classification: beta, Dro)  has grown slightly in structure but was relatively inactive; 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 14.  Other features observed were few eruptive prominences mostly at the western limb, filaments and a plage associated with AR2723 across the disk as distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at low levels with chances of weak X-ray fluxes or solar flares ranging up to B-class (possibly up to isolated C-class) intensity, mainly from AR2723. 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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