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    02/15/2011 | Sunspot 1158 Produces Largest Flare of Solar Cycle 24; CME Headed Toward Earth

    Over the past few days, there has been a lot of activity on the Sun. On Sunday, February 13 at 1738 UTC, sunspot 1158 unleashed an M6.6-level blast and on Tuesday, February 15, the same sunspot unleashed an X-class flare, the strongest solar flare in more
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    06/08/2010 | Space Weather and Solar Storms to be Topics at Upcoming Forum in Nation’s Capital

    The National Space Weather Program Council will be conducting a forum in Washington, DC next month. The Space Weather Enterprise Forum, scheduled for June 8 at the National Press Club, will discuss how solar storms affect today’s technological society. Th
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    12/24/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Many of us are nearly giddy with joy over the recent steady increase in sunspot activity that seems long overdue. Average daily sunspot numbers rose more than 10 points this week compared to last -- from 21.1 to 31.4! The monthly average daily sunspot num
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  • 10/16/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    No sunspots appeared this week, although there were hopeful signs. Spaceweather.com reported on October 11 that a new sunspot was "struggling to emerge," but it faded quickly, and the Sun has been blank since then. Sunspot numbers for October 8-
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  • 09/18/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    The STEREO mission (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) Web site shows a new display, where the Sun is visible via an animated image that rotates to show the whole Sun. The small portion on the Sun's far side -- which is not yet visible to the spacec
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  • 01/09/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    On Wednesday, January 7, a sunspot appeared very briefly in the lower right portion of the Sun's image. It was so brief that NOAA did not record it on the Space Weather Prediction Center's daily solar data chart for that day. Spaceweather.com reported a s
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