For the third day in a row, the sun is blank–no sunspots. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed the featureless face of our star on May 12th

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This marks the 32nd day in 2017 that the sun has been without spots. Cumulatively, it adds up to more than a month of blank suns–and it’s only May. For comparison, it took all 12 months of 2016 for the sun to accumulate 32 spotless days. The accelerating pace of spotlessness is a sign that Solar Minimum is approaching.

Solar Minimum is yin to the yang of Solar Maximum, a natural part of the sun’s 11 year sunspot cycle. Contrary to popular belief, Solar Minimum is not boring …only different. It brings a time of enhanced cosmic rays, pink auroras, a collapsing ionosphere and accumulating space junk. With action like that, who needs sunspots? Stay tuned for more blank suns.

Source: http://www.spaceweather.com/

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