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.