SUNSPOT MONITORING- DECEMBER 23, 2017

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, December 23, 2017.

The sky was slightly hazy with light to moderate air turbulence making the seeing and transparency poor at the time these images were taken.

Generally, low solar activity has persisted over the past 24 hours. The lone visible sunspot group AR2692 has further developed in structure and magnetic configuration (currently beta/bipolar) as it crackled a single weak B-class flares. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 18. A tiny pillar prominence at the southeastern limb, as well as some small filaments were seen in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at low levels with chances of solar flares ranging up to B to possibly C-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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