SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 21, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 21, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, January 21, 2018.

The sky was hazy and experienced moderate to strong winds making the seeing and transparency poor at the time these images were taken.

A very quiet Sun was observed over the past 24 hours. AR2696 has totally decayed into a plage, leaving the Sun currently spotless. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. No solar flares were recorded throughout the monitoring period. Tiny 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. 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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