NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik posted this image to his social accounts Aug. 30 saying, “Houston is reporting blue sky for the first time in many days! May this sunrise start the healing process.” Bresnik is living with @Astro2Fish on the International Space Station, who took the photo. There are currently six people living and working on the space station, which is locasted 250 miles above Earth. While there, they conduct important research and science in the unique microgravity laboratory. Credit: NASA
Darker, cooler areas on the Sun – known as sunspots – have been absent for almost two weeks, as of Feb. 1.
February 06 | 2018
A single, tiny one appeared on Jan. 31, but even that is hard to see in this rotating view from our Solar Dynamics Observatory. The video shows a rotating sun in filtered light for the past week, but it is even hard to tell the sun is rotating since there are just about no features. This spotless period is a prelude to the approaching period of solar minimum next year, when the Sun’s activity will be at the low end of its 11-year cycle. Credit: NASA/SDO