FAREWELL SOLAR MINIMUM: Solar activity is picking up and that gives some astronomers reason to wake up in the morning. "Ah the dawn of a new day... and what a day it was!" says Wouter Verhesen of the Netherlands, who took this picture of the morning sun on August 6th:
"There were massive prominences sticking out of the sun everywhere, sunspots galore, and even a small flare in AR1093," says Verhesen. "I can't remember the last time I had so much to do with my small solarscope. Farewell solar minimum, you will not be missed!"