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Thursday, April 27, 2006

 

More Sunspots.

Image Credit SOHO/NASA.
Two new sun spot groups (875, 876) have rotated onto the face of the Sun. Early this morning there was a C class and M class solar flare from these spots. The flares did not appear to produce Earth-directed Coronal Mass Ejections, so they are unlikley to generate aurora, but these spots should be watched as futher flares may be very likely to produce aurora. Stuart has also noticed this, and reports on the astounding proposal to stop funding aurora alert service. At Spaceweather, they report that there is no plans to replace the ACE space craft, our early warning space weather satellite. Given that NASA is about to increase manned missions, the lack of an early warning craft is foolish in the extreme.

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