SUNSPOT MONITORING – MARCH 17, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, March 17, 2018.

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

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. With the recent decay of AR2701, a new area of developing pores (potential new active region) spotted at the northwestern portion of the Sun’s visible disk. This will be closely monitored for any progress in structure and magnetic configuration that could affect the solar activity status in the coming few days. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 2.

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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