Sun Spot News

The sun normally goes through an 11-year cycle of solar storm activity. At its peak, as many as 100 sunspots can be visible at any one time. Slowly, over the next 5 1/2 years of the 11 year cycle, the sunspots disappear. During the solar cycle minimum, there may not be a single sunspot on the surface of the sun. Auroras are weak and usually visible only in Polar regions. This minimum is usually short lived with sunspots appearing in the middle latitudes quickly after the last ones disappeared, indicating the new cycle has started.

Sunspots - latest MDI Continuum image

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