SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 12, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 12, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, January 12, 2018.

The sky was clear with light air turbulence making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken.

Very low solar activity has persisted over the past 24 hours. AR2694 has totally decayed. Meanwhile, newly designated AR2695 was found to slowly disintegrate in structure; currently possessing relatively stable bipolar magnetic configuration. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 11. No solar flare activity was recorded throughout the upper-mentioned monitoring period. Some filaments near the limbs and a tiny prominence were distinctively captured 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. 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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