SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 15, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 15, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, January 15, 2018.

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

Solar activity continues in its quiet state over the past 24 hours. Despite the absence of undesignated active regions at this moment, a small compact region (encircled) was seen crackling and currently being monitored for any sunspot structure development and solar flare potential in the next few hours.  The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 5.  Several eruptive prominences (which non-Earth directed) and small 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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