SUNSPOT MONITORING – JULY 12, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, July 12, 2018.

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

Solar activity is at very low levels over the past 24 hours. The unnumbered active region (barely visible in white-light imagery) still exhibited inactivity with no significant flaring activity recorded. Meanwhile, a single pore was spotted near the western limb (encircled). The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 1.  Few small eruptive prominences, filaments, and the associated plages of the unnumbered active region 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 (possibly up to C-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)

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