Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, January 22, 2018.
The sky was hazy and experienced intermittent moderate to strong winds making the seeing and transparency poor at the time these images were taken.
Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. The Sun is currently spotless. A B-class flare associated with the former AR2696 (appears as a plage (white patch) approaching the western limb) as recorded by the Solar Influence Data Center (SIDC). The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. Several tiny non-Earth directed 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 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)