The Sun – The Big Picture

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/10/the_sun.html

The Sun is now in the quietest phase of its 11-year activity cycle, the solar minimum – in fact, it has been unusually quiet this year – with over 200 days so far with no observed sunspots. The solar wind has also dropped to its lowest levels in 50 years. Scientists are unsure of the significance of this unusual calm, but are continually monitoring our closest star with an array of telescopes and satellites.”

 See site for some recent images of the Sun in more active times.

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A view of a sunspot and granules on the Sun’s surface seen through the H-Alpha wavelength in August 2003

Google – Things To Do With Yourself

http://www.google.co.uk/landing/thingstodo/#tip1

“You can do a lot more than search the web with Google nowadays, from reading newspapers in languages you don’t speak to seeing the natural habitat of Komodo dragons.

Discover something new to do with Google today by clicking on a title below to watch a how-to video and try it for yourself.”

Well worth a browse if you have some time to kill.

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