This alert is a day late but with the Sunspot Cycle implicated in the Venus affair and Mayan Calendar ending of Dec 21, 2012, I figured you'd want to know..."as wide as seven planet Earths" - yeow!
Space Weather News for Dec 15, 2009
BIG NEW SUNSPOT: Just yesterday (Dec 14), sunspot 1035 was nearly invisible. Today, it is as wide as seven planet Earths. The fast-growing active region burst into view on Dec 14 with a magnetic polarity that clearly identifies it as a member of new Solar Cycle 24. If the expansion continues apace, it could soon become the largest sunspot of the year.
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