SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 4, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 4, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 4, 2018.

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

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. The lone visible sunspot group AR2723 (Modified Zurich/Mcintosh sunspot classification: Bxo/beta) sunspot continues to gradually decay in structure and was inactive. No significant flaring associated with this active region was recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 11.  Plages associated with AR2723, scattered tiny filaments mostly at the Sun’s southern-most hemisphere and few prominences at the limbs 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, 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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