Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, December 30, 2017.

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

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. No active sunspot regions currently exist on the Sun’s visible disk. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0.  While the plage (formerly AR2692) is approaching the limb, another plage/compact region (encircled) at the northeastern limb is being closely monitored for any development in structure and magnetic configuration. No significant flares associated with this potential sunspot region were recorded.

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 (possibly up to C-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)