SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 3, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 3, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 3, 2018.

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

Generally low solar activity has persisted over the past 24 hours. The lone visible sunspot group AR2723 (Modified Zurich/Mcintosh sunspot classification: Bxo/beta) has been decaying in structure gradually. No significant flaring activity associated with this active region was recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 12.  Several huge eruptive prominences, mostly at the western limb, tiny receding filaments and the plages associated with AR2723 across the disk 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 (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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