Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, August 1, 2018.
The sky was clear but with light to moderate air turbulence making the transparency good and average at the time these images were taken.
A single sunspot was seen developing at the encircled location, breaking the recent 10 consecutive spotless days. It has not yet been completely designated as an active region by space weather agencies at this moment and is under further investigation on its progress. No significant flaring activity associated with this new active region was recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 1. Some huge eruptive prominences at the eastern limb were also observed in H-alpha imagery.
Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at very low levels with chances of weak X-ray fluxes or flares ranging up to B-class intensity primarily from the upper-mentioned active region. 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)