SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 6, 2017

SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 6, 2017

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 6, 2017.

The sky was mostly clear but experienced some intermittent some light to moderate breeze making the seeing and transparency poor at the time these images were taken.

The Sun has been quiet in activity over the past 24 hours. Several minor flaring activity was observed at AR2683 ranging between B-class and C-class intensity. The previous opposite-polarity sunspots seen within this region have decayed. On the other hand, AR2682 remains inactive, though it just recently made an x-ray flux enhancement, as it nears the Sun’s western limb. All ARs exhibit relatively stable magnetic configuration which signifies little to no threat of any major flaring activity.

The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 23.

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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