Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 2, 2018.

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

Generally low solar activity has persisted over the past 24 hours. A slight sunspot structural decay was seen in the lone visible sunspot group AR2723. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 13.  Few eruptive prominences at the limbs, the associated plage of AR2723 and several tiny prominences at the Sun’s southern hemisphere were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at low levels with chances of weak X-ray fluxes or solar flares ranging up to B-class (possibly up to C-class) intensity, mainly from AR2723. 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)