n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - First signs of the next solar cycle : news notes

Volume 65, Issue 9_10
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



Extracted from text ... 122 mnassa vol 65 nos 9 & 10 news notes First signs of the next solar cycle On 31 July, a tiny sunspot was born. It popped up from the sun's interior, floated around a bit and vanished within three hours. Normally such a small, short-lived sunspot, not even given an official sunspot number, would not be worth mentioning, but this sunspot was special: It was the first "magnetically backward" sunspot in the solar cycle currently nearing its end, possibly a herald of the beginning of the new cycle. It popped up at solar longitude 65? W, latitude ..

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