posted on Sep, 24 2008 @ 02:22 PM
Nasa finds New Solar Cycle Sunspot
After many weeks of a blank sun with no sunspots and very few sunspots this entire year, a small new sunspot emerged Sept. 23, 2008. This new spot has
both the magnetic orientation and the high-latitude position of a sunspot belonging to the new solar cycle, Cycle 24.
Will this be the harbinger of more solar changes to come and mark the beginnings of a rise in solar activity in the near future? Only time will tell.
If the pattern from the record of the past 400 years holds, we can expect that solar activity will begin to show an increase in the next few months
Our sun has been unusually quiet...until now. A sunspot has appeared on the surface of the sun. Look closely at the image to the left. There is a
tiny black dot in the upper right quadrant of the sun. This image is courtesy of the Standford-Lockhead Institute for Space Research. Cu_sunspot The
photo to the right is a close up of this same sunspot. This photo was taken by Pete Lawrence of the United Kingdom.
Scientists are excited about this activity because the sun has been a little too quiet for comfort. The sunspot activity goes through 11 year cycles
and was due to start another one in March of this year. After almost 9 months of little to no activity, scientists hope this sunspot is the start of
the next cycle.
Although sunspots can produce powerful solar winds that disrupt satellite communications, scientists believe sunspots are linked to our global
climate. There is a correlation between higher sunspot activity and warmer global temperatures and vice versa.
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Well folks this could be the start of the next highly anticipated solar MAX that has been predicted by two scientists to come between 2010 and
[edit on 9/24/2008 by altered_states]