Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, January 7, 2018.
The sky was clear but experienced some light to moderate winds making the seeing and transparency average to poor at the time these images were taken.
Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. The lone visible sunspot group AR2693 continues to exhibit decay and relatively stable (unipolar) magnetic configuration as it approaches the Sun’s northwestern limb. No solar flare activity associated with this active region was recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 11. Nothing much happening with the Sun lately except for some huge filaments, and prominences 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)