SUNSPOT MONITORING – DECEMBER 14, 2017

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, December 14, 2017.

The sky was partly cloudy with light to moderate winds making the seeing and transparency average to poor at the time these images were taken.

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. With the recent disintegration of AR2691 into a plage, no sunspot groups were visible at the Sun indicating its relatively quiet state. Few minor B-class flares were recorded throughout the period. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. Several impressive eruptive prominences and a large filament at the eastern portion of the Sun’s visible disk 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-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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