SUNSPOT MONITORING – APRIL 24, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, April 24, 2018.

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

No significant flaring activity was observed from the lone visible sunspot group AR2706 as its trailer spots gradually decay over the past 24 hours. With this stance, AR2706 will not pose a serious threat to any major magnetic solar outbursts at this moment.  The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 14. Despite being relatively inactive, few eruptive prominences at the limbs and plages within AR2706 were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain relatively low with chances of continuity of isolated B-class (possibly up to C-class) solar flaring activity mainly from AR2706. 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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