SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 8, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 8, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, January 8, 2018.

The sky was partly cloudy with 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 over the past 24 hours. With the recent departure of AR2693 at the northwestern limb, no active sunspot regions currently exist on the Sun’s visible disk. Two new sunspots are seen popping out at the central region of the Sun’s visible disk (encircled). These 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 latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 2. Some tiny pillar-shaped prominences, plages, and a huge filament 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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