SUNSPOT MONITORING – SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

SUNSPOT MONITORING – SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, September 13, 2017.

The sky was mostly clear but experienced intermittent light to moderate winds, making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken.

Very low solar activity was observed over the past 24 hours. AR2680 remains the lone sunspot group currently visible on the Sun. Being relatively stable in magnetic configuration, few isolated C-class solar flares from this AR were recorded which are minor and will not significantly affect Earth.

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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