SUNSPOT MONITORING – JULY 9, 2017

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, July 9, 2017.

The sky was partly hazy and experienced a mild sandstorm, making the seeing and transparency poor at the time these images were taken.

The sky was partly hazy and experienced a mild sandstorm, making the seeing and transparency poor at the time these images were taken.

AR2665 has been considered as the largest sunspot group so far in 2017 as more sunspots have grown over the past 24 hours; indicating its robust activity. An M1.3-class (medium-size) flare associated with this AR was reported which could have caused brief radio communication disruptions over the polar regions within the day. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 28.

Some well-defined prominences, including a large hedgerow one, over the Sun’s eastern limb was captured on its occurrence in the false-color H-alpha image.

Space weather agencies forecast a potential increase in solar activity with impending C-class to M-class flare outbursts depending on its possessing magnetic flux in the coming hours or days. Close monitoring is being conducted for any significant development.

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