SUNSPOT MONITORING – MARCH 30, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, March 30, 2018.

The sky was clear but experienced light to moderate breeze making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken.The new sunspot group spotted at the eastern limb has been designated as AR2703 after it rotated further into Earth-view. It produced several weak B-class and a C4.6 class-flare throughout the monitoring period. These flares will not affect Earth in any way because they are not Earth-directed. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 13.  Few eruptive prominences at the western limb were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

With this stance, space weather agencies* expect relatively very low to low solar activity with chances of B-class to C-class solar flares in the next 24 hours, mainly from AR2703. 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)

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