Sun  ID: 3897

Growing Sunspots - A Full Disk View: February 2011

Here is a leisurely view of SDO/HMI data, sampled every hour, covering two weeks in the middle of February 2011. While the solar disk starts out featureless, eventually small groups of sunspots (the darker regions) emerge, grow, and then rotate out of view.

For a closeup view of of one of these sunspot groups, see animation 3898, Growing Sunspots - Tracking Closeup: February 2011

Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Scott Wiessinger (USRA): Producer
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Data Used:
SDO/HMI/Continuum 2011-02-06 to 2011-02-21
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