SURPRISE: Barely visible only 24 hours ago, a new sunspot group big
enough to swallow Earth is bubbling up through the solar surface. So
far the active region poses no threat for strong solar flares, but this
could change if its rapid growth continues. Visit today's edition of
Spaceweather.com to view a movie of sunspot genesis, and to learn how
this development fits in with the recent "crash" of the sunspot cycle.
AURORA WATCH: A hole in the sun's atmosphere is spewing a stream of
solar wind toward Earth. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for
auroras when the stream arrives on Jan. 27-28. Monitor the realtimeaurora gallery for sightings.