SUNSPOT MONITORING – DECEMBER 10, 2017

Here are yesterday’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, December 10, 2017.

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

Generally, very low solar activity was observed with no flaring activity recorded over the past 24 hours. A new sunspot group (encircled) was spotted developing in the eastern portion of the Sun’s visible disk (to be designated as AR2691). The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 3. Some eruptive prominences at the limbs and tiny filaments 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-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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