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.

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

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