SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 31, 2017

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 31, 2017.

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

The Sun remains in its quiet state over the past 24 hours. With the recent decay of AR2685 into a plage, the lone visible tiny sunspot group AR2686 is also in the process of structure disintegration, being stable and inactive; did not produce any flaring activity. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 11. 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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