New sunspot finally appears

For the first time in months, a significant sunspot is emerging on the Sun.  It is a fast growing active region with two dark cores, each larger in size than the Earth.  The magnetic polarity of the sunspot identifies it as a member of new Sunspot Cycle 24.

Because 2008 has brought so many blank-disced Suns, some observers had wondered when the ongoing deep solar minimum was to end. Today’s new sunspot is an encouraging sign that the 11-year solar cycle is indeed progressing…albeit quite slowly.

This activity might also give the Society something to look at through the new Lunt LS60 solar scope purchased recently.


Posted on 22 September, 2008, in Astronomy News, Popular Science, Society News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on New sunspot finally appears.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: