Silent Night (December 7, 2005)
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It was a quiet week for the Sun. Our video clip of four typical days (Dec. 3-6, 2005) as seen through the LASCO C3 coronagraph reveals perhaps three small solar explosions. In the absence of more dramatic activity, what more subtle things can we focus on? One can observe the fainter expansion of solar wind as it drifts constantly outward from the Sun into space. One can also pay more attention to the star field as it passes behind the Sun. It won't be long before the clustered Pleiades comes into view. Because the Sun is approaching its lowest period of activity (solar minimum), hopeful aurora observers on Earth will be disappointed more often than not. To every thing, there is a season, and for the Sun, the current season is a fairly restful one.
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