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  • 01/23/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Monday revealed another shy sunspot. Sunspot 1011 appeared suddenly, and then it was gone. Its configuration and location did not identify it as belonging to either Solar Cycle 23 or 24. On Monday, January 19 the sunspot number was 13. Sunspot numbers for
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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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  • 01/02/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    2008 was a year of very low solar activity. More than 40 percent of this year's propagation bulletins reported zero sunspots for their respective weeks. The average daily sunspot number for the year was 4.7; in 2007, it was 12.8. The yearly averages of da
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  • 12/19/2008 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Last week's sunspot group was only visible for three days, December 10-12. The average daily sunspot number for all of 2007 was 12.8; if we see no sunspots for the rest of 2008, the average for this year will be 4.7. By comparison, the yearly averages of
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  • 12/12/2008 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Finally! A sunspot group appeared this week, about three weeks since the last group disappeared. The first spotless day after sunspot group 1008's last appearance was Tuesday, November 18; the last spotless day before group 1009 emerged was Tuesday, Decem
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  • 12/01/2008 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Today's bulletin is going out on Monday instead of Friday, due to last week's Thanksgiving holiday. The last Solar Update was released on Wednesday, November 26. Starting Friday, December 5, we return to a regular Friday weekly bulletin schedule.
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  • 11/14/2008 | The K7RA Solar Update

    We soon may be talking about a day or two without sunspots as the norm, perhaps when looking at a preceding month -- quite the opposite of noting the few days with sunspots. It seems like a long time ago because of the long strings of spotless days. We sa
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  • 11/07/2008 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Sunspot 1007 is still there, but probably rotating off the visible solar disk sometime today. This is the eighth sunspot of the new solar cycle -- and also the largest. Sunspot numbers for October 30-November 5 were 13, 16, 16, 17, 18, 14 and 11 with a me
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