SOLAR ACTIVITY: The New Year began with a burst of solar activity.
Active sunspot AR1936 is crackling with strong M-class solar flares,
including an M9.9 event on Jan. 1st that stopped just short of becoming a
powerful X-flare. Also on New Year's Day, another large sunspot emerged
over the sun's eastern limb: AR1944 appears set to add its own
contribution to the fusillade of explosions.