Round Three (October 7, 2005)
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Remember the strong active region 798 and associated sunspot group that blasted out many flares and coronal mass ejections as it transited the Sun in August?
Then it reappeared on Sept. 7 as Active Region 808 and behaved even more wildly with many more X-class flares and storms?
When last we saw Active Region 808 as it was rotating out of view on September 18, there were signs that it was decaying and its run was probably over. It has other ideas.
Judging by the swirling activity above an active region that is just beginning to swing into view on the left side of the Sun, it's back. And it is giving every indication that it has plenty of energy in store for us. As seen in extreme ultraviolet light, over a three-day period (October 2-4, 2005), it certainly appears ready to rumble again. The large loops and structures above the active region are charged particles spinning along magnetic field lines extending out from the Sun.
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