FAR SIDE OF THE SUN: (08-Feb) The sun has been spotless for 10 consecutive days—or has it? The side of the sun we can see from Earth is utterly blank. The far side of the sun is a different story. Helioseismic images reveal a good-sized sunspot there. The sun spins on its axis once every 27 days. This motion will carry the farside spot around to the Earth side of the sun on or about February 20th. Stay tuned.
NEW SUNSPOTS: (09-Feb) Magnetic fields are poking through the surface of the sun, forming two new, small sunspots. This ends ten consecutive days of blank suns. Because the spots are so small, solar activity should remain low.