SUNSPOT MONITORING – MARCH 2, 2018

No solar images were taken today, March 2, 2018, due to unfavorable weather condition at the proposed time of observation.

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. Further structure decay was observed in the lone visible sunspot group AR2700.In spite of that, it produced several weak B-class solar flares and one C-class flare based on space weather records. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 11.  Several eruptive prominences, including a huge hedgerow prominence at the southeastern limb, and a well-defined filament at the Sun’s northern hemisphere distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies predicted very low solar activity to persist with a slim chance of any serious solar flare or CME activity in the next 24 hours; only ranging from B-class to possibly isolated C-class intensity primarily from AR2700. 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.

*TECHNICAL REPORTS COURTESY OF SOLAR INFLUENCE DATA CENTER (SIDC), NOAA-SPACE WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER (NOAA-SWPC)
*VISIBLE AND GONG H-ALPHA SOLAR IMAGERY COURTESY OF SOLARHAM.COM AND NISP VIA NSO GONG H-ALPHA NETWORK RESPECTIVELY

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