ECTV/Breaking News - Large Sunspot "162" So Large, Visible With Naked Eye
- Large Sunspot "162" So Large, Visible With Naked Eye...10/22/02
by AstroAlert News & Mitch Battros (ECTV)
A large sunspot complex has rotated into view around the northeastern limb of the Sun over the last several days. This spot complex is believed to have been responsible for a major coronal mass ejection off the east limb of the Sun on 14 October while it was still on the back side of the Sun (see http://www.spacew.com/astroalert.html for details). At the present time, the
spot complex does not appear to be a highly probable source of major solar flare activity. But this does not preclude the possibility of observing another coronal mass ejection from the area of this sunspot.
This spot complex has the size to become visible to the unaided (but protected) eye, particularly as it rotates toward the central region of the solar disc over the next 2 to 3 days.
A single comprehensive web page that is dynamically updated every 1 to 2 minutes has been setup to help monitor the Sun and the space environment. This new resource is available at: http://www.spacew.com/plots.html. It contains numerous plots to track current solar activity and space weather conditions, as well as the latest SOHO spacecraft images and ground-based
H-alpha solar images. It also contains (to our knowledge) the most recent SOHO "difference" images available anywhere on the Internet. These difference images are particularly valuable for rapid and early detection of coronal mass ejections.
Sunspots => Solar Flares => Magnetic Shift => Shifting Ocean and Jet Stream Currents => Extreme Weather
and Human Disruption (mitch battros)
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