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Part of the Sun's surface showing sunspots

Making sense of the solar cycle

Sunspot activity is heating up as the Sun heads towards ‘solar maximum’. Watch the video…

SOHO image of the Sun with no sunspots

Spotless Sun

The Case of the Missing Sunspots has finally been solved.

Full disc image of the Sun

Stretchy “conveyor belt” slows the Sun

Why was the last solar cycle so long? Stretched plasma streams could be the answer.

Full disc image of the Sun showing a flare

Sun’s size surprises scientists

The Sun has unexpectedly stayed the same size for the last 12 years.

Sun begins a new cycle

Sun begins a new cycle

The Sun appears to have begun its latest cycle of sunspot activity.