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  • 10/31/2008 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Solar Cycle 24 is slowly building momentum. We saw sunspots for eight days in a row -- October 10-17 -- then 12 days of no spots. Another sunspot -- number 1007 -- appeared on October 30 from Solar Cycle 24. It is a high latitude sunspot and may provide s
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  • 10/24/2008 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Visible sunspots continued last week for eight days straight, the longest continuous period of sunspot visibility since the 12 days of March 23April 3 last year. Sunspot numbers for October 16-22 were 24, 11, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 0 with a mean of 5. The 10.7 cm
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  • 10/17/2008 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Finally, we are seeing Solar Cycle 24 sunspots that don't emerge on one day, only to evaporate the next. That's right -- sunspots, as in two or more. On Friday, October 10, sunspot 1005 emerged at high latitude over our Sun's eastern limb; that day's suns
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  • 10/03/2008 | The K7RA Solar Update

    The sunspot appearance reported last week seems to follow the pattern emerging for most of 2008. A spot will appear for one or two days and then suddenly it is gone. Last week's report mentioned the solar wind being at an all time low. This week, NASA ann
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  • 09/26/2008 | The K7RA Solar Update

    This week saw the appearance of another sunspot -- a new Solar Cycle 24 spot -- larger and lasting a little longer than last week's Solar Cycle 23 sunspot. It appeared for two days, September 22 and 23, with sunspot numbers of 18 and 16.
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  • 09/19/2008 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Last week saw another brief sunspot appearance followed by a quick fade. This was an old Solar Cycle 23 spot -- number 1001 -- resulting in a sunspot number of 12 for September 11. Sunspot numbers for September 11-17 were 12, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 0 with a me
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  • 09/12/2008 | The K7RA Solar Update

    A new sunspot -- number 1001 -- emerged on Thursday, September 11. It is actually a single group with two small magnetic disturbances; we hope it is not another like the last sunspot, a weak one that barely emerged on August 21-22. That spot was so small
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  • 09/05/2008 | The K7RA Solar Update

    We're still looking at a quiet sun, but currently a solar wind is disturbing the Earth's magnetic field. Six meter operators -- after enjoying a fine season of sporadic E propagation this summer -- may see some added excitement from auroral propagation. C
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