Science: Sunspot Programs

Like a fawn born in spring, television passed its tender youth in a favorable climate. During the past six years, while TV sets were becoming common articles of furniture, the sun had few spots to mess up TV reception. Now sunspots are increasing on their nine-to 13-year cycle, and televiewers are apt to see odd and sometimes annoying effects.

Sunspots are storms in the sun's surface layer of bright, turbulent gas. They send out blasts of radiation and high-speed particles that hit the earth's atmosphere and form ionized (electrified) layers at high altitudes. Ordinary sunlight does this too, but sunspots beef up...

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