For the first time in months, a significant sunspot is emerging on the sun.
It is a fast-growing active region with two dark cores, each larger than Earth. The magnetic polarity of the sunspot identifies it as a member of new Sunspot Cycle 24.
Because the year 2008 has brought so many blank suns, some observers have wondered if we are ever going to climb out of the ongoing deep solar minimum.
Today's new sunspot is an encouraging sign that the 11-year solar cycle is indeed progressing, albeit slowly.
So there you have it, an encouraging display by the sun. We've all been waiting for some spots and maybe this trend will continue.
I hope you all have your antenna projects started or finished before the winter sets in.