SUNSPOT MONITORING – SEPTEMBER 29, 2017

SUNSPOT MONITORING – SEPTEMBER 29, 2017

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, September 29, 2017.

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

As expected, in spite of the presence of three sunspot groups, the Sun remains in its quiet state over the past 24 hours. No significant solar flaring activity was observed except for a single weak B-class flare courtesy of the small AR2681. On the other hand, the other two bigger sunspot groups AR2682 and AR2683 were inactive. All ARs currently possess relatively stable magnetic configuration which poses no threat to any major solar magnetic outbursts.

The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 39.

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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