The Sun: Then and Now (Jul 11, 2008)
If we compare both the current Sun and the Sun in 2002 in extreme UV light from SOHO, we can quickly see what a difference half a solar cycle makes. Back then (August 4-7, 2002), the sun was near its maximum level of activity. At any period in this time frame, it was usually very dynamic with many active regions producing a number of solar storms. (We could have chosen an extremely busy period but this one was more representative.) Six years later, the sun (July 4-7, 2008), is very quiet with no active regions at all and neatly organized polar areas (these appear darker). This is all part of the normal 11-year solar cycle. We are wondering when the next rise of solar activity will start to occur.
SOHO began its Weekly Pick some time after sending a weekly image or video clip to the American Museum of Natural History (Rose Center) in New York City. There, the SOHO Weekly Pick is displayed with some annotations on a large plasma display.
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