SUNSPOT MONITORING – APRIL 26, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, April 26, 2018.

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

Continuous gradual decay was observed in the lone visible sunspot group AR2706. Despite still currently possessing bipolar (beta) magnetic configuration on its largest spot, it did produce any flaring activity over the past 24 hours. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 14. The plage associated with AR2706 and few eruptive prominences at the limbs 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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