SUNSPOT MONITORING – DECEMBER 26, 2017

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, December 26, 2017.

The sky was partly covered with high cirrus clouds with light air turbulence making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken.

Generally, very low solar activity was observed. Over the past 48 hours, the lone visible sunspot group AR2692 has experienced gradual decay in structure as it remained stable in magnetic (beta/bipolar) configuration and relatively quiet with only a few isolated B-class flares recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 15. Numerous tiny eruptive prominences at the limbs 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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