SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 24, 2017

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 24, 2017.

The sky was clear with some intermittent light winds, making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken.

The Sun has been quiet without any flaring activity recorded over the past 24 hours. AR2685 exhibit a slight sunspot growth while AR2686 went through little structural decay. 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. A large double-arch prominence at the northwestern limb and numerous tiny filaments were also clearly seen on the Sun’s disk in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at low levels with chances of few flaring activity ranging from relatively weak B-class to C-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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