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Have  a look at these two images, one taken Oct 6th 2016, one taken Oct 9th this year. First thing you’ll note is that the entire Sun has rotated – those two numbered regions on the Sun have move to the right of the image. Second thing you’ll note is that two other features have disappeared. These long dark features are solar filaments, clearly present on Oct 6. Now erupted, in interplanetary space and currently on route to Earth.

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/wsa-enlil-solar-wind-prediction

 

 

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