The Sun showed some signs of life recently (Mar. 6-10, 2010) with two good-sized coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and several minor ones. SOHO captured the action with its C2 coronagraph in which the sun is blocked out (by the circular occulting disk in the center of the image) to reveal the faint structures in the corona. The white circle represents the size of the Sun. With a small rise in activity levels, the sun seems to be slowly emerging from the extended solar minimum. These eruptions were not Earth-directed, so there was only a slight chance any impact would be felt here at Earth.
Solar 'Conveyor Belt' Predicts Increased Sunspot Activity