Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, May 9, 2018.
The sky was clear but experienced intermittent light to moderate breeze making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken.
The two visible sunspot group AR2708 and AR2709 experienced slight decay in structure and were both inactive that it did not produce any significant flaring activity over the past 24 hours. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 22. Few eruptive prominences, including the huge horsetail-shaped one spewing out the surface at the southwestern limb, filaments, and plages across the disk were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.
Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at very low levels with decreasing chance of B-class to C-class intensity solar flares. 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)