SUNSPOT MONITORING – SEPTEMBER 3, 2017

SUNSPOT MONITORING – SEPTEMBER 3, 2017

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, September 3, 2017.

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

More sunspot groups have emerged on the Sun but solar activity was low in intensity. The big sunspot group AR2674 only produced a single C-class flare while the rest remained quiet in activity. A powerful coronal mass ejection (CME) associated with the AR2672 (recently rotated out of Earth-view) was recorded* which will not directly affect Earth in any way since it occurred on the Sun’s far side The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 93.

Space weather agencies* forecast persisting generally low solar activity in the next few days with chances of B-class to C-class (possibly up to M-class category most likely from AR2674) solar flares. 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.

*courtesy of Solar Influence Data Center (SIDC), NOAA-Space Weather Prediction Center (NOAA-SWPC)

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