SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 3, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 3, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, January 3, 2018.

The sky was clear but experienced some intermittent light to moderate winds, making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken.

Solar activity remains at very low levels with no solar flare activity recorded over the past 24 hours. No active sunspot regions currently exist on the Sun’s visible disk. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. No significant structural development was observed from the plage/compact region at the eastern limb (refer to the previous post for reference), indicating no threat for any major flaring activity. Several little plages, faculae, 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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