SUNSPOT MONITORING – MARCH 16, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, March 16, 2018.

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

Relatively very low solar activity has persisted over the past 24 hours. The tiny pore spotted at the central portion of the Sun’s disk was designated as AR2701. However, it almost immediately decayed into a plage several hours after its designation, with no significant flaring activity associated with it recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 10. The plage (AR2701) and few tiny prominences at the limbs were distinctively captured 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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