SUNSPOT MONITORING – APRIL 1, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, April 1, 2018.

The sky was slightly hazy with intermittent light to moderate breeze carrying some dust making the seeing and transparency poor at the time these images were taken.

Barely seen in visible imagery because of its tiny alpha spot structure, the lone visible sunspot group AR2703 produced few weak B-class flares over the past 24 hours as per records of numerous space weather agencies, which are not Earth-directed. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 12.  Few eruptive prominences at the limbs, as well as the flaring activity in AR2703 were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at very low to low levels with chances of weak B-class to C-class solar flares mainly from AR2703. 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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