The Sun is now in the quietest phase of its 11-year activity cycle, the
solar minimum - in fact, it has been unusually quiet this year - with over
200 days so far with no observed sunspots. The solar wind has also dropped
to its lowest levels in 50 years. Scientists are unsure of the significance
of this unusual calm, but are continually monitoring our closest star with
an array of telescopes and satellites. Seen below are some recent images of
the Sun in more active times.
21 photos at:
October 13, 2008
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