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Astronomers who count sunspots have announced that 2008 is now the "blankest year" of the Space Age.
As of Sept. 27, 2008, the sun had been blank, i.e., had no visible sunspots, on 200 days of the year. To find a year with more blank suns, you have to go back to 1954, three years before the launch of Sputnik, when the sun was blank 241 times.
And it is a very quiet time. If solar activity continues as low as it has been, 2008 could rack up a whopping 290 spotless days by the end of December, making it a century-level year in terms of spotlessness.
"There is also the matter of solar irradiance," adds Pesnell. "Researchers are now seeing the dimmest sun in their records. The change is small, just a fraction of a percent, but significant. Questions about effects on climate are natural if the sun continues to dim."
Originally posted by carewemust
No wonder I don't hear much about Global Warming any more.
Fewer Sunspots = Dimmer Sun = COOLER EARTH?
My backyard garden did well this year too..even with less than
Fewer Sunspots and Solar Flares seem to have more positives
than negatives for the Earth...No?
Originally posted by Lucid Lunacy
The calm before the storm.
I bet we can expect a pretty potent solar maximum in a couple years
Originally posted by vick27
You're right, everyone remembers the consequences of the "storm" that came after the '54 sun spot deficit....so so so many lives lost to solar storms and global heating in the 60's and 70's