SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 31, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 31, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, January 31, 2018.

The sky was mostly cloudy and experienced moderate to fresh breeze 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 plage seen in the Sun’s eastern hemisphere has developed into a small new active region designated as AR2697. It has found to be relatively stable and inactive but produced a weak B-class flare, thus posing a slim threat to produce any major solar flare activity in the coming few days.  The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 14.  Several tiny prominences at the limbs and a huge filament in the northeastern region of the Sun’s disk 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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