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"Changes in total irradiance
Total solar irradiance changes slowly on decadal and longer timescales.
The variation during recent activity cycles has been about 0.1%.
Variations corresponding to solar changes with periods of 9–13, 18–25, and >100 years have been detected in sea-surface temperatures.
Since the Maunder Minimum, over the past 300 years there probably has been an increase of 0.1 to 0.6%, with climate models often using a 0.25% increase.
One reconstruction from the ACRIM data show a 0.04% per decade trend of increased solar output between solar minima over the short span of the data set. These display a high degree of correlation with solar magnetic activity as measured by Greenwich Sunspot Number. 
Changes in ultraviolet irradiance
Ultraviolet irradiance (EUV) varies by approximately 1.5 percent from solar maxima to minima, for 200 to 300 nm UV.
Energy changes in the UV wavelengths involved in production and loss of ozone have atmospheric effects.
The 30 hPa atmospheric pressure level has changed height in phase with solar activity during the last 4 solar cycles.
UV irradiance increase causes higher ozone production, leading to stratospheric heating and to poleward displacements in the stratospheric and tropospheric wind systems.
A proxy study estimates that UV has increased by 3% since the Maunder"
Also touching upon the point made by theflashor
These three papers argue that the amount of incoming solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth has increased dramatically in the last two decades. While the values vary from paper to paper, in toto the new studies suggest that the increase in solar radiation absorbed at the earth’s surface had almost 10 times as much warming power during that time as the concurrent increases in carbon dioxide, the main global warming gas. Therefore, the warming observed over the past 20 years must have little to do with changes in greenhouse gases.
Thanks PMB for the fireball tracker...
Originally posted by caithness cat
On February 9th, hundreds of melon-head dolphins showed up in a never before seen gathering in Manila Bay, the Phillipines. Dolphins are highly sensitive to sonic booms and changes in the Earth's magnetic field. Some marine biologists fear that these dolphins have had their natural sonar damaged somehow and possibly have had injuries to their eardrums. Birds have been dying and falling from the skies over NJ, pelicans are vanishing or turning up dazed and injured. Tie this altogether with the possibilty that some kind of shock wave from space has hit our magnetosphere, satellites colliding as if their orbits are altered, shuttles being postponed, supposed increases in military and Fema activy especially on the east coast, Obama leaving Washington to sign the stimulus package in Denver, a city alleged to be the future capital if the NAU becomes a reality,fireballs over Arizona,fears that other satellites might collide with debris and limit our abilty to track incoming objects from space,...wow..if there isn't a conspiracy to keep the dots from connecting, then I'm going to have to chill with some good meds and a vacation!
FAA spokesman Roland Herwig confirms that the calls did come in and confirms that a warning did go out to pilots yesterday to be alert to the possibility of satellite wreckage. But the critical bits of evidence — actual debris recovered on the ground — has not turned up.
A cloud of debris spreading through low Earth orbit following the collision of two satellites poses a new risk to many scientific missions and may signal the demise of the Hubble Space Telescope. NASA is monitoring the increased threat carefully, and if it is as bad as some fear, the agency may have to cancel the proposed shuttle-servicing mission slated for later this year. Without that mission, the telescope's days are numbered, even if none of the new debris comes anywhere close to it
Originally posted by bluemooone2
Just a few things to say here. There are no giant pieces of the sun breaking off (I promise) , nor are the empty areas in the corona that unusual.
September 23, 2008: Data from the Ulysses spacecraft, a joint NASA-European Space Agency mission, show the sun has reduced its output of solar wind to the lowest levels since accurate readings became available. The sun's current state could reduce the natural shielding that envelops our solar system.
"The sun's million mile-per-hour solar wind inflates a protective bubble, or heliosphere, around the solar system. It influences how things work here on Earth and even out at the boundary of our solar system where it meets the galaxy," said Dave McComas, Ulysses' solar wind instrument principal investigator and senior executive director at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. "Ulysses data indicate the solar wind's global pressure is the lowest we have seen since the beginning of the space age."
The sun's solar wind plasma is a stream of charged particles ejected from the sun's upper atmosphere. The solar wind interacts with every planet in our solar system. It also defines the border between our solar system and interstellar space.