SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 2, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, February 2, 2018.

The sky was clear but experienced moderate to fresh breeze making the seeing and transparency average to poor at the time these images were taken.

A very quiet Sun was observed over the past 24 hours. AR2697 has totally decayed into a plage (appears as a, leaving the Sun currently spotless. No solar flare activity was recorded throughout the monitoring period. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. No solar flares were recorded throughout the monitoring period. Some eruptive prominences at the southeastern limb were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery. The filament situated in the Sun’s northern hemisphere (refer to the previous post) has been ejected from the solar surface but found that it would not significantly affect Earth.

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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