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    06/01/2009 | NASA Releases New Predictions for Solar Cycle 24

    An international panel of experts -- led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and sponsored by NASA -- has released a new prediction for the next solar cycle: Solar Cycle 24 will peak in May 2013 with a below-average number of sun
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 06/06/2008 | The K7RA Solar Update

    We had seven days of no sunspots this week, but a sunspot was emerging on Thursday, June 5. Helioseismic holography revealed a high latitude sunspot on the opposite side of the Sun. Until recently, we had no idea what was happening on the far side of the
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  • 05/23/2008 | The K7RA Solar Update

    This week several new sunspots appeared for five days, but they were all leftover spots from Solar Cycle 23, not new Cycle 24 spots. But this is okay, because at the sunspot minimum we appreciate any spots we can get. May 16-20 saw daily sunspot numbers o
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  • 05/02/2008 | The K7RA Solar Update

    For several weeks we expected today, May 2, to have active geomagnetic conditions. For instance, if you look at a forecast from April 23, it shows an expected planetary A index for May 1-3 of 10, 20 and 15. The next day, April 24, this changed to 8, 20 an
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