SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 16, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 16, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, January 16, 2018.

The sky was clear but experienced moderate to fresh breeze making the seeing poor and transparency average at the time these images were taken.

Very low solar activity has persisted over the past 24 hours. The area of pores detected yesterday has been designated as AR2696. Slight growth was observed in this sunspot group and currently possesses relatively stable bipolar (beta) magnetic configuration. No solar flare activity associated with this sunspot group was recorded.  The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 14.  Several eruptive prominences 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 (possibly up to C-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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