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The twin STEREO spacecraft confirmed their reality in February 2009 when sunspot 11012 unexpectedly erupted. The blast hurled a billion-ton cloud of gas (a "CME") into space and sent a tsunami racing along the sun's surface. STEREO recorded the wave from two positions separated by 90o, giving researchers an unprecedented view of the event:
Originally posted by Topsy_Cret
The lil animation on the source page looks like when you through a stone into a body of water. Is it possible that something huge just crashed into the sun causing the ripples?
Originally posted by Phage
The solar max is now predicted to occur in May of 2013 and to be of below average activity.