SUNSPOT MONITORING – APRIL 5, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, April 5, 2018.

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

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours, as expected. No active sunspot regions currently exist on the Sun’s visible disk with no significant flaring activity recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0.  A moderately large eruptive prominence at the south-southeastern limb, as well as the plage (former AR2703) at the center of the Sun’s visible disk were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

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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