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SOHO craft gets the lowdown on sunspots

Sunspots have fascinated scientists ever since Galileo sketched these dark, Earth-size blemishes in 1611 and shattered the notion that the sun is a divine sphere devoid of flaws. Now known as sites of intense magnetic activity that can hurl flares and belch clouds of ionized gas toward Earth, sunspots have puzzled astrophysicists for decades.

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