Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sunspot alignments seldom seen

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Hi-res TIF image (1.9M)

Quicktime Movie:
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Large (4.1M).

A group of sunspots have formed themselves into a straight line (June 23, 2009), a kind of alignment rarely seen. We have not even seen many sunspots lately at all, let alone in a fairly straight line. Scientists with SOHO agree that it is unusual for sunspots to be grouped like this. Their magnetic orientation shows that they belong to spots of the new 24th solar cycle.

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