SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 19, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 19, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, January 19, 2018.

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

Very low solar activity has persisted over the past 24 hours. AR2696 has decayed further in structure and is expected to remain so in the next hours; barely visible in visible imagery and was inactive without any solar flares throughout the monitoring period. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 12.  Few non-Earth directed prominences and 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. 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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