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Timeline PhotosAs we've been saying for a couple of days now, Venus is near the Pleiades this week! Their conjunction will be April 3. Fred Espenak created this diagram showing Venus's daily position during early April. Thanks Fred! ... See MoreSee Less

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A SUNSPOT FROM THE NEXT SOLAR CYCLE: A sunspot is emerging over the sun's northeastern limb, and it appears to be a member of the next solar cycle. The unnumbered active region is inset in this magnetic map of the sun's surface from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

How do we know this sunspot belongs to the next solar cycle? Its magnetic polarity tells us so. Northern sunspots from old Solar Cycle 24 have a +/- polarity. This sunspot appears to be the opposite: -/+. According to Hale’s Law, sunspots switch polarities from one solar cycle to the next. The sunspot is therefore a member of Solar Cycle 25.

This new active region continues a trend of increasing Solar Cycle 25 activity. So far this year, there have been 4 officially-numbered sunspots. Three of them (75%) have been from Solar Cycle 25. This compares to only 17% in 2019 and 0% in 2018. Solar Cycle 25 is still weak, but it is coming.
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