SUNSPOT MONITORING – APRIL 29, 2018

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

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

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. With the recent decay of AR2706, no active sunspot regions currently exist on the Sun’s visible disk. No significant flaring activity was also recorded throughout the monitoring period. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0.  Plages associated with the former AR2706, as well as tiny prominences at the limbs were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

With this stance, 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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