SUNSPOT MONITORING – SEPTEMBER 29, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – SEPTEMBER 29, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, September 29, 2018.

The sky was clear with light to moderate air turbulence making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken.

The Sun has been quiet and spotless for over two weeks (16 consecutive days to be exact). The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. A small area of pores was seen emerging (encircled) at the central portion of the Sun’s disk. This will be closely monitoring on its development and its effect to overall solar activity in the next few days. Other solar features were several eruptive prominences at the limbs (mostly at the Sun’s southern hemisphere) and a plage associated with the developing active region as seen in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at very low levels with chances of weak X-ray fluxes or flares ranging up to B-class intensity. 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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