VANISH: So far this year, the sun has been blank more than 90% of the
time. Only one very tiny sunspot observed for a few hours on Jan. 3rd
interrupted a string of spotless days from New Year's through Jan.
11th. To find a similar sequence of blank suns, we have to go back to
May of 2010, almost 7 years ago. What does this mean? Visit today's
edition of Spaceweather.com for the full story.
CONTINUES: No sunspots? No problem. Observers around the Arctic Circle
are still observing magnificent auroras. A new apparition is possible
on Jan. 12th or 13th when a narrow stream of solar wind is expected to
brush against Earth's magnetic field. NOAA forecasters estimate a 35%
chance of polar geomagnetic storms. Monitor the realtime aurora gallery