Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, February 1, 2018.

The sky was clear but experienced moderate to fresh breeze making the seeing and transparency average to poor at the time these images were taken.

24 hours after being designated, AR2697 is about to decay; barely visible in visible imagery but distinguished as a plage in H-alpha imagery. No solar flare activity was recorded throughout the monitoring period, indicating its inactivity and magnetic stability. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 11. Few small eruptive prominences at the southeastern limb and a huge filament 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)