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  • 05/29/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    That was a nice string of days showing a sunspot -- May 13-19 -- a whole week. Then it was gone, but a few days later on May 23, another Solar Cycle 24 sunspot emerged, this time in our Sun's southern hemisphere. But it was another of those phantom spots.
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  • 05/15/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    After weeks of little or no sunspots, it is nice to have something to report: Following multiple false starts, quick-fading spots and knots of magnetic activity that never progressed into actual darkened sunspots, new sunspot group 1017 emerged on Wednesd
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  • Scientists predict that Solar Cycle 24 will peak in May 2013 with 90 sunspots per day on average. [Graph courtesy of Space Weather Prediction Center]

    05/11/2009 | Scientists Predict Solar Cycle 24 to Peak in 2013

    At the annual Space Weather Workshop held in Boulder, Colorado last month, an international panel of experts led by NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) predicted that Solar Cycle 24 will peak in May 2013 with 90 sunspots per day on average. If t
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  • 05/08/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    A Solar Cycle 23 spot appeared for two days -- April 29-30 -- in an area that soon rotated out of view. Sunspot numbers were 15 and 12, but for the last seven days, we haven't seen any spots. This may end soon -- we get the advance word because of the STE
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  • 05/01/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    The data at the end of last week's bulletin showed daily sunspot numbers from April 16-22 as six zeros, then 11. In fact, every day was at zero until April 21, when it was 11; it moved again to zero the next day, April 22. We had just as many zero sunspot
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  • 04/24/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Teased again, on Wednesday, April 22 we saw sunspot 1015 fade away, just as it was about to slip over our Sun's western limb. It emerged only briefly, late on April 21, and by Thursday it had disappeared. Sunspot numbers for April 16 through 22 were 0, 0,
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  • 04/03/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Our Sun is in the news again, unfortunately not due to any hoped-for activity, but for the eerie quiet instead. The Sun is surprisingly calm by several measurements -- including the large number of spotless days -- with an average 10.7 cm solar flux and l
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  • 03/13/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Last week's bulletin again mentioned briefly appearing sunspots and it happened again this week. For just two days, another Solar Cycle 23 spot appeared, number 1014. The latitude of the spot was consistent with an old and fading solar cycle. As this peri
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