December 15, 2012 – SUN – A new and possibly significant sunspot group is emerging at the circled location.
QUIET SUN, BUT NOT FOR LONG? For the second week in a row, solar activity remains very low, but a new group of sunspots could be poised to break the quiet. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory observed the phalanx of dark cores emerging over the sun’s southeastern limb on December 15th. It is too soon to say whether these spots have potential for strong flares. We’ll know more in a few days when they turn toward Earth, offering a clearer view of their magnetic architecture. Meanwhile, NOAA forecasters have boosted the odds of an M-class eruption to 10% on December 16th. – Space Weather.
SOLAR WATCH: Sun Comes Alive – Monster Sunspot Region Emerging From the Southeastern Limb! ~ The CELESTIAL Convergence.