Low solar activity despite growing Sunspot 1640

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Solar activity has been at low levels for the past 24 hours. The largest solar event  was a C1 flare erupting from Sunspot 1640, observed late on the January 3rd. Sunspot 1640 has developed a ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic field that harbors energy for X-class solar flares. NOAA/SWPC forecasters estimate 5% chances of X-class flare and 25% chances of M-class solar flares.  There are currently 12 numbered sunspot regions on the disk with two new regions rotating onto the southeast limb.

X-Ray solar flares activity (Credit: GOES/NOAA/SWPC) Sun seen by SDO’s AIA 304 and STAR Active Region Map (Credit: SDO)

 

Solar wind flowing from coronal hole should reach Earth on January 8-9.

Follow Sun’s activity in real time via Space Weather Station

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