SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 30, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 30, 2018

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Due to generally cloudy sky condition at the proposed time of observation, no solar images were taken.

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. No active sunspot regions currently exist on the Sun’s visible disk. No solar flare activity was also recorded throughout the monitoring period. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0.  A plage was seen developing in the eastern portion of the Sun’s disk. This will be closely monitored for any progress in structure and magnetic configuration that could affect the solar activity status in the coming few days. The huge prominence at the northeastern limb has rotated towards Earth-view and became a filament. Another eruptive prominence was seen in the southeastern limb.

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)
*Visible and Gong H-alpha Solar Imagery courtesy of solarham.com and NISP via daystarfilters.com respectively

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