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New Solar Cycle Is Far More Active, Will Keep Ramping Up Until 2013


By Lisa Grossman – “Side-by-side views of the sun two years ago and the sun now show what a difference a solar cycle makes.

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory’s view of the sun in 2009 (left), toward the end of an extended solar minimum, captures a dull and passive sun. The green coloration (added to make the extreme ultraviolet light visible to human eyes) makes the sun look almost cool enough to touch.

The Solar Dynamics Observatory caught a contrasting view March 27 and 28 in similar wavelengths of ultraviolet light. The sun now displays several active regions that flicker and glow as the star slowly spins.”  Read more.

 

 

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