SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 20, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 20, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 20, 2018.

The sky was partly cloudy (high/mid-levels clouds concentrated in the west) with light to moderate winds making the seeing average to poor at the time these images were taken. Only the upper-half of the Sun’s disk was taken in H-alpha imagery as clouds rolled right after imaging.

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. The Sun is still spotless and relatively inactive with no significant flaring activity recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0.  A relatively huge eruptive prominence at the northeastern limb and remnant plages of recently decayed active regions were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at very low levels with chances of weak X-ray fluxes or flares ranging up to B-class intensity. 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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