Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, July 16, 2018.

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

As the Sun remains spotless, SIDC Catania sunspot group 89 produced two minor B-class flares over the past 24 hours, according to space weather agency reports. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0.  Its associated plage, as well as few eruptive prominences at the limbs were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at very low levels with chances of weak solar flares ranging up to B-class, possibly up to isolated C-class, intensity mainly from SIDC Catania sunspot group 89. 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)