SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 17, 2017

Here are yesterday’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 17, 2017.

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

With the recent decay of tiny sunspot group AR2684 into a plage, a quiet and spotless Sun was observed with no flaring activity recorded. Several prominences at different portions of the Sun’s limbs, as well as the plage appearing as a white patch situated near the Sun’s western limb, were captured in H-alpha imagery. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0.

Space weather agencies* forecast very low solar activity to continue with minimum to no solar flare activity. 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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