As I’ve been noting regularly, Solar cycle 24 is late, and has produced only one spot this year, on January 4th. Since then, nothing, except a small parade of near equatorial oriented cycle 23 spots.
Now we see the faint beginnings of a spot at high latitude, with proper magnetic polarity.
Click for a LARGE image from SOHO
As you can see in the SOHO MDI image above, the spot is faint, and has not quite coalesced yet. It shows up far better on the SOHO magnetogram image. I’ve annotated and enhanced the image so the the polarity is identified and the relevant area magnified:
As you can see while the latitude is high and almost identical in latitude to the January 4th cycle 24 spot, it still hasn’t formed up to be a true sunspot. It remains simply a disturbed magnetic region.
A lot of people will be watching this “sorta spot”. I wonder if they’ll have the SOHO MDI image up on the big monitors for betting at sportsbooks in Las Vegas?