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It's time for the sun to move into a busier period for sunspots, and while forecasters expect a relatively mild outbreak by historical standards, one major solar storm can cause havoc with satellites and electrical systems here.
Solar cycles of more and fewer sunspots last several years and the cycle currently building up will be number 24 since counting began
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
Sunspots do scare me, it only takes a small one to wreak havoc on our electrical devices and power grids.
Originally posted by MysterE
I'm not sure whats worse, no sun spots, or too much sun spots. Not enough, you get ice age. Too much, you get global warming. We need just the right amount.
The article goes on to state that we will reach a solar maximum around 2013. Get ready for some Global warming!
PINEAPPLE SPLASH: Sunspot group 1017 is so small and widely scattered, "it can hardly be seen with all the waves and blistering surface detail around it," reports astrophotographer Larry Alvarez of Flower Mound, Texas. "It looks like the remains of a pineapple dropped from 50 thousand feet."