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It is supposed to be a quiet time on the Sun, as we head toward solar minimum. At the beginning of October, it looked that way, as only a few small sunspots were visible. Then, sunspot group 484 came around the limb of the Sun on 18 October. By 23 October, when 484 was located right on the Earth-Sun line, this huge group covered 1.7% of the solar disk. At the far edge of the Sun, another massive sunspot group, 486, was just coming into the field of view. And late on the 26th, a third group, 488, emerged from the interior of the Sun just to the north of 486 (Figure 1).