Solar Cycle 24 finally arrives
Not a speck. Not a low latitude could-be-a-SC23 spot.
The real deal.
The polarity is definitely reversed from the previous cycle. Its a high latitude spot. The companion spot is reverse polarity to the main spot.
Looks good to me.
The STEREO image (allows us to look around the limb of the Sun and see what’s coming) suggest an even larger area of activity at about the same latitude.
Now we wait to see if the SC24 persists.
The magnetogram shows the SC24 polarity:
The solar magnetic field for September has just been published (as graphed by Anthony Watts) and shows the magnetic field to be at a historically low level, as NASA had already noted.
This may just prove to be the bottom of the Solar Cycle (yes, I’m sticking my neck out). Now we wait to see what happens next, because I’m not convinced that anyone really has a clue.