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  • 10/30/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Well, what a week it has been. The solar flux hit 82.3 on Tuesday, the highest recording yet since the first-observed "new cycle sunspot" in January 2008, the "official" visual start of Solar Cycle 24. Even as I write this, the flux is
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  • 10/23/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    A tiny Solar Cycle 24 sunspot group -- numbered 1028 -- emerged briefly on Tuesday, October 20, and then was gone. This is another brief phantom sunspot, teasing us with hints of the expected increase in activity that never seems to manifest. Of course, t
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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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  • 07/24/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    No new sunspots yet, but a big surprise this week with aurora and a geomagnetic storm: Sunspot activity peaked around 0300-0900 UTC on Wednesday July 22, with K index as high as 6. The planetary A index for the day was 24. You can see the K index variatio
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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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  • 06/26/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Two new sunspots appeared last week, numbered 1022 and 1023, and both were Solar Cycle 24 spots, with 1022 lasting through June 23 and 1023 until June 24. On June 24, geomagnetic indices were unsettled. Sunspot numbers for June 18-24 were 0, 0, 0, 12, 24,
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  • 06/19/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    I bet you have this memorized: "Solar activity was very low throughout the reporting period, and geomagnetic field activity was at quiet levels during most of the reporting period." Enough said? The first sunspot region of Solar Cycle 24 occurre
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