SUNSPOT MONITORING – JULY 7, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, July 7, 2018.

The sky was hazy with intermittent light to moderate breeze making the seeing and transparency poor at the time these images were taken.

No designated active regions currently exist in the Sun as solar activity is at low levels over the past 24 hours. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. An isolated C-class flare was recorded from a returning active region (possibly AR2713) just behind the Sun’s eastern limb. Few eruptive prominences at the limbs and some tiny filaments across the disk were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at low levels with chances of weak X-ray fluxes or flares ranging up to B-class (possibly up to 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, specifically on the upper-mentioned rotating active region at the eastern limb.

*Technical reports courtesy of Solar Influence Data Center (SIDC), NOAA-Space Weather Prediction Center (NOAA-SWPC)

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