The Quiet Sun

The “Quiet Sun” (21 Apr 2009 – Good video at link) has been noted for some time. By now there should be many sunspots but it has remained quiet pass the normal solar cycle.

Last year, it was expected that it would have been hotting up after a quiet spell. But instead it hit a 50-year low in solar wind pressure, a 55-year low in radio emissions, and a 100-year low in sunspot activity.

Still quiet…

The Sun could be heading into period of extended calm (23 Sep 2009).

Researchers in the US may have discovered further evidence that the Sun is heading towards an extended period of quiet activity, the like of which has not been seen since the 17th century. The impact this may have on climate is poorly understood…

The AGW crowd insists the sun cycle has little influence on Earth’s weather. Some solar observers strongly disagree because they have a stronger correlation with certain earth events than can be replicated by the climate modules. (See Maunder Minimum below.)

We were expecting to reach the next solar maxima around 2011–2012. However, space weather experts have been surprised over the past few years to report very few signs that the number of sunspots has been picking up since the last solar minimum in 2006. This has prompted some space scientists to forecast that we are heading towards another prolonged spell of quiet sunspot activity, the last of which was observed between 1645 and 1715 in a period called the “Maunder Minimum“.

Notice that unlike the AGW crowd, these real scientists aren’t jumping to conclusions – yet. Now where would you find daily sunspot activity? Why at Space Weather of course! Also great Aurora pictures.

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