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Sunspot 1024. First Sunspot of the New Solar Cycle.

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Doomdaily: Sunspot 1024 is crackling with B- and C-class solar flares. The activity is so intense, astronomers can’t seem to take a picture of the sunspot without catching a flare in action.

Pete Lawrence sends this example from his backyard observatory in Selsey, UK:

“Active region 1024 is putting on a fantastic show,” says Lawrence. “The center of this region is incredibly bright and fluctuating.”

Solar observers haven’t seen an active region like this one in more than two years. It is big, complex, and rapidly growing: movie.


Written by mattliving

July 7, 2009 at 12:17 pm

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