Three Years Later (August 17, 2012)
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The fairly dramatic increase in solar activity from 2009 to the present is easy to see in a side-by-side comparison from then and now taken by SOHO's C3 instrument (Aug. 4-10, 2012). Back in 2009, the Sun was still close to solar minimum period, with very little solar activity. At solar minimum, the visible-light corona is confined nearly to a plane, but closer to solar maximum, features appear at all solar latitudes. Currently, there is usually some activity every day, as witnessed in this one-week video. The maximum of this cycle of solar activity is expected next year.
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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