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QUIET WITH A CHANCE OF FLARES: This weekend, solar activity is low. However, there is an increasing chance of C-class flares as new sunspots AR3206 and AR3207 continue to grow. Solar flare alerts:SMS Text.

WHAT’S OVER THE HORIZON? Yesterday, a dense, hot plume of plasma jumped up from behind the sun’s northeastern limb. Click to set the scene in motion:

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  • Cosmic Rays Solar Cycle 25 is beginning, and this is reflected in the number of cosmic rays entering Earth’s atmosphere. Neutron counts from the University of Oulu’s Sodankyla Geophysical Observatory show that cosmic rays reaching Earth are slowly declining–a result of the yin-yang relationship between the solar cycle and cosmic rays.

SUNSPOT SUNSETS: Solar Cycle 25 is changing the way sunsets look. It is adding some spots. “Active sunspot complex AR2993-94 was visible yesterday at sunset,” says Marek Nikodem, who sends this picture from Szubin, Poland: