SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 23, 2017

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 23, 2017.

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

The Sun has been quiet with very little solar activity recorded. Another previously designated sunspot group has returned into Earth-view. AR2686 (formerly AR2683) made few weak B-class flares as it rotated and reappeared onto the Sun’s visible disk. On the other hand, AR2685 didn’t produce any flaring activity. Both visible sunspot groups have the single spot polarity magnetic configuration; indicating their current magnetic stability and inactivity. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 23.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at low-levels with chances of continual flaring activity ranging from B-class to C-class (possibly up to M-class) intensity from both AR2685 and AR2686. 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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