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Scientists are getting very excited about the solar activity that is predicted for 2012 and 2013 as the sun moves into the peak of an 11 year cycle. Bob Grossfeld, Observatory Manager at the Sunriver Observatory says Central Oregon is well poised to see some spectacular sights. "We’re going into a period where the sun is becoming more active and so solar flares will be more common. So it's not unusual for us to see solar flares causing auroras down in Central Oregon." Grossfeld says the aurora that appeared over the weekend wasn't visible to most resident because of cloud cover, but there will be plenty of chances to see other auroras and solar flares over the next two years. In fact, the Sunriver Observatory is planning to bring some solar telescopes to Bend later this year and set them up in public places, so more people can view the solar flares.

 

 

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