SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 28, 2017

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 28, 2017.

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

Solar activity remained at very low levels with no flaring activity recorded the past 24 hours. A tiny sunspot grew above the leader spot of AR2685. On the other hand, AR2686 has been progressively decaying in structure.  These two small sunspot groups still possess their relatively stable magnetic configuration, signifying inactivity. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 24. Several prominences on the limbs and 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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