SUNSPOT MONITORING – DECEMBER 1, 2017

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, December 1, 2017.

The sky was partly cloudy and experienced intermittent moderate winds making the seeing and transparency poor at the time these images were taken.

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. AR2689 has recently rotated away from Earth-view leaving the Sun currently spotless and relatively inactive. It produced a single weak B-class solar flare before it completely departed. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 10. Several tiny filaments and some huge eruptive prominences were clearly seen 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 or C-class intensity. 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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