SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 22, 2017

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 22, 2017.

The sky was clear with slight air turbulence, making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken.

The Sun has been quiet with very little solar activity recorded. AR2685 only produced a single weak B-class flare over the past 24 hours. This lone visible sunspot group has the single-spot magnetic configuration; indicating its current magnetic stability and inactivity. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 11. The previous large hedgerow prominence now became a filament situated at the northeastern portion of the Sun’s disk as it rotated further into our view as seen in H-alpha imagery

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at low-levels with chances of continual flaring activity ranging from B-class to possible M-class flares primarily from AR2685. 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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