SUNSPOT MONITORING – DECEMBER 8, 2017

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, December 8, 2017.

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

AR2690 has momentarily decayed in structure; barely seen in recent solar images, leaving the Sun spotless. Generally, a relatively inactive Sun with no solar flare activity was observed over the entire 24-hour period.  The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 10. Nothing much interesting going on with the Sun except for some tiny prominences and filaments 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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