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Sunspot 961

2 Jul 2007, 22:48 UTC
Sunspot 961
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A new and rather large sunspot has appeared on the limb.Actually,at the time of this post it is now face on and still large.I meant to post this on Friday but,I suddenly became lazy….oh well,better late than never!!!.My interest in the new spot started last Tuesday as a bright glow and arc that formed above the solar surface.As the time wore on the glow became much brighter,until finally it appeared on Wednesday.Knowing that I wouldn’t have a chance to get any shots due to the terrible skies I opted for Friday afternoon.We had a cold front come through on Wednesday evening(as you will note my previous entry) and new that Thursday would be a transition day for the cleaner skies.It was a good call as Friday was a great day for imaging.Well…..much better than we have had in a while.
Here is the current solar forecast issued by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA,
Space Environment Center and the U.S. Air Force.
Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity
SDF Number 183 Issued at 2200Z on 02 Jul 2007
IA. Analysis of Solar Active Regions and Activity from 01/2100Z
to 02/2100Z: Solar activity was very low.
IB. Solar Activity ...

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