Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, February 15, 2018.
The sky was clear with intermittent light winds making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken.
Continuous gradual decay in structure and no solar flare activity were observed in the lone visible sunspot group AR2699 over the past 24 hours. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 15. Few tiny filaments and prominences were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery
With this stance, space weather agencies* forecast even lesser threat for any major flaring activity as the solar activity to remain at low to very low levels. Only chances of weak B-class to C-class (with little possibility of M-class) solar flares as it rotates further towards the Sun’s western limb in the next few days. 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)