SUNSPOT MONITORING – MARCH 29, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, March 29, 2018.

The sky was clear but experienced 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. A new undesignated active region was seen rotating into Earth-view from the eastern limb (encircled) which is currently producing some tiny magnetic loops of plasma. This will be closely watched by space weather agencies for any significant development in the coming days. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 1.  Few other prominences at the limbs were also 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. 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.

*Technical reports courtesy of Solar Influence Data Center (SIDC), NOAA-Space Weather Prediction Center (NOAA-SWPC)

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