SUNSPOT MONITORING – MARCH 20, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, March 20, 2018.

The sky was clear but experienced intermittent light to moderate winds making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken.

The Sun is now spotless again after the recent complete disintegration of AR2702 into a plage before it reached the Sun’s western limb. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0.  A fairly large filament in the near-pole region of the Sun’s visible disk and an unconnected arch prominence at the southwestern limb 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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