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  • 12/19/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Sunspot activity continued this week; new group 1035 emerged December 14, following group 1034 that appeared December 9. Daily sunspot numbers since December 9 through December 17 have been 13, 13, 13, 12, 14, 28, 38, 30 and 24. Solar flux values have bee
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  • 12/04/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Recent sunspot activity -- which ended on November 22 -- pushed up the moving average we've been tracking for several years. Because we have all the data for November, we now have the most recent 3-month average of daily sunspot numbers, which centers on
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  • 11/06/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    In addition to the sunspot group 1029 that graced us from October 23-30, a new Solar Cycle 24 spot -- 1030 -- just emerged on Thursday. It is currently in a maximally geo-effective position (in other words, in the center longitudinal meridian as viewed fr
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  • 09/04/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    This week we saw another one of those fast-disappearing sunspots -- it lasted just two days, over the last day of August and the first of September. No other sunspots were observed during the month of August. Sunspot numbers for August 27-September 2 were
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  • 08/21/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    The quiet Sun continues to baffle us. If there are no sunspots today -- and I don't expect any to emerge -- this will be the 42nd day in a row with no sunspots; July 10 was the last day we saw any spots. There is really no way to predict when the next sun
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  • 07/31/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    No sunspot activity this week, and if no sunspot appears today, July 31, the average sunspot number for July will be 5.1; this is down from June's average of 6.6. The monthly average of the daily sunspot number, January-July 2009, is 2.8, 2.5, 0.8, 1.3, 4
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  • 06/05/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    It is so great to see some real Solar Cycle 24 sunspot activity this week. Instead of a phantom that pops into view one day and is gone the next, we have sunspot 1019, which has persisted for five days so far. Emerging on Sunday, May 31, the resulting dai
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  • 05/22/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Do sunspots matter? Many of us are surprised at how good conditions can be with zero sunspots; the weak solar wind and lack of flares and geomagnetic events likely have something to do with it. Many times during the more active solar periods, sunspots wer
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