SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 14, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 14, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, January 14, 2018.

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

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. No active sunspot regions currently exist on the Sun’s visible disk. A plage with a potential of developing into new sunspot region was seen popping out of the Sun’s visible disk (encircled) near a long filament. This will be closely monitored for any progress in structure and magnetic configuration that could affect the solar activity status in the coming few days. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 1. Several huge eruptive prominences and few filaments 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. 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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