SUNSPOT MONITORING – DECEMBER 12, 2017

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, December 12, 2017.

The sky was partly cloudy with moderate to strong air turbulence making the seeing and transparency poor at the time these images were taken.

The Sun continues on its relatively quiet state over the past 24 hours. No flaring activity was observed from the lone visible small sunspot group AR2691 which was found to have grown slightly in structure. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 13. A weak B-class flare was recorded to had emitted from the eastern limb. Few eruptive prominences at the limbs and tiny filaments were 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 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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