SUNSPOT MONITORING – DECEMBER 22, 2017

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, December 22, 2017.

The sky was clear with light to moderate air turbulence making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken.

Low solar activity has persisted over the past 24 hours. The lone visible sunspot group AR2692 has further developed in magnetic structure and produced several weak B-class flares. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 23. The huge prominence situated at the central disk from yesterday has ejected from the surface. Small prominences and filaments were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at low levels with chances of minor B-class to possible C-class solar flares. 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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