SUNSPOT MONITORING – SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

SUNSPOT MONITORING – SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, September 12, 2017.

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

Only one active region is currently visible on the Sun. Despite its small size and stable magnetic configuration, AR2680 emitted a single C-class solar flare with an accompanying mild coronal mass ejection (CME). It is currently under investigation if this event was Earth-directed.

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

With this stance, space weather agencies* forecast persisting low solar activity 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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