SUNSPOT MONITORING – DECEMBER 29, 2017

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, December 29, 2017.

The sky was clear with light air turbulence making the seeing and transparency good at the time these images were taken.

Very low solar activity has persisted over the past 24 hours. AR2692 has completely decayed into a plage (appears as a white patch) as it approaches the northwestern limb; leaving the Sun’s visible disk currently spotless. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. Meanwhile, another plage was spotted rotating at the northeastern limb and produced a weak B-class flare. Nothing much happening with the relatively inactive Sun lately as evident in both visible and H-alpha imageries.

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. 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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