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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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  • 10/02/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    With the appearance of two sunspots, the past 11 days had some nice HF propagation. Combined with quiet geomagnetic conditions and month after month of quiet Sun, it seems quite a dramatic relief. Sunspot 1026 has faded away, and sunspot 1027 -- which app
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  • 09/25/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    This week we had a double-dose of good news: Right at the time of the autumnal equinox on Tuesday, September 22, sunspot 1026 -- a new Solar Cycle 24 sunspot -- came into view over the Sun's eastern horizon. We watched this emerge a week ago on the Sun's
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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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  • 08/07/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    We had some nice sunspot activity from July 3-10 -- and we were hoping for a return 27-28 days later -- but it never happened. Varying by latitude, the Sun rotates relative to Earth about every 27.5 days. If that same region was still active or the activi
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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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  • 07/17/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    We saw a nice run of eight days with a large sunspot, but none have emerged in the six days since. Unlike other recent spots, this one did not appear just for one or two days and then vanish. Sunspot numbers for July 9-15 were 15, 13, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 0 wit
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  • 07/10/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Finally, some sunspot activity to report -- and not one of those phantom spots that appear one day and vanish the next. Sunspot group 1024 first emerged a week ago on July 3 with a daily sunspot number of 17 and the magnetic signature of a new Solar Cycle
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