SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 7, 2017

SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 7, 2017

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 7, 2017.

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

A relatively calm Sun has persisted over the past 24 hours. Several minor B-class solar flares from the lone visible sunspot group AR2683 were recorded. A weak coronal mass ejection (CME) was also observed at the Sun’s far-side near AR2682 (situated just behind the western limb) which was not Earth-directed.

The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 11.

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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