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  • The sun is now virtually blank during the weakest solar cycle in more than a century

    05/05/2015 7:54:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 81 replies
    vencoreweather.com ^ | 4/30/2015 | unknown
    The sun is almost completely blank. The main driver of all weather and climate, the entity which occupies 99.86% of all of the mass in our solar system, the great ball of fire in the sky has gone quiet again during what is likely to be the weakest sunspot cycle in more than a century. The sun's X-ray output has flatlined in recent days and NOAA forecasters estimate a scant 1% chance of strong flares in the next 24 hours. Not since cycle 14 peaked in February 1906 has there been a solar cycle with fewer sunspots. We are currently...
  • Researchers discover new clues to determining the solar cycle

    09/04/2014 9:54:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    phys.org ^ | Karen C. Fox
    Now we can see there are bright points in the solar atmosphere, which act like buoys anchored to what's going on much deeper down. They help us develop a different picture of the interior of the sun." ... Beginning in 2010, McIntosh and his colleagues began tracking the size of different magnetically balanced areas on the sun, that is, areas where there are an equal number of magnetic fields pointing down into the sun as pointing out. The team found magnetic parcels in sizes that had been seen before, but also spotted much larger parcels than those previously noted—about the...
  • Solar Cycle #24: On Track to be the Weakest in 100 Years

    07/29/2013 3:53:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | July 29, 2013 | David Dickinson on
    Some researchers predict that the following sunspot Cycle #25 may even be absent all together. “If this trend continues, there will be almost no spots in Cycle 25,” Noted Matthew Penn of the National Solar Observatory, hinting that we may be on the edge of another Maunder Minimum.
  • Michael Mann says climate models cannot explain the Medieval Warming Period – Nor... the present....

    04/11/2013 3:00:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | April 11, 2013 | by Anthony Watts
    Ice core data shows CO2 levels changed less than 10 parts per million from 1600-1800 during the MWP. From the Hockey Schtick:  A new paper from Schurer et al (with Mann as co-author) finds that climate “models cannot explain the warm conditions around 1000 [years before the present, during the Medieval Warming Period] seen in some [temperature] reconstructions.”According to Schurer et al, “We find variations in solar output and explosive volcanism to be the main drivers of climate change from 1400-1900.” They also claim, “but for the first time we are also able to detect a significant contribution from greenhouse gas...
  • Solar Cycle Warnings

    04/01/2013 2:37:45 PM PDT · by blam · 44 replies
    TMO ^ | 4-1-2013 | Andrew McKillop
    Solar Cycle Warnings Politics / Environmental IssuesApril 01, 2013 - 01:31 PM GMT By: Andrew McKillop RECORD LOW SUNSPOT NUMBERS For reasons including "pure politically correct", NASA has fought a losing battle - against reality - on the subject of Global Warming, which it feels obliged to believe in as a "scientifically correct" theory. Linked to this, quite directly, NASA has also battled against reality on the subject of sunspot frequency, size, location on the Sun's surface and other variables linked to sunspot cycles in this present Cycle 24 of approximately 11-year-long cycles. These have been accurately recorded since Cycle...
  • NASA/Hathaway’s updated solar cycle prediction – smallest in 100 years

    05/03/2012 7:42:20 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 46 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | May 2, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    …the predicted size makes this the smallest sunspot cycle in about 100 years *********************************snip**************************From: http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/predict.shtmlThe current prediction for Sunspot Cycle 24 gives a smoothed sunspot number maximum of about 60 in the Spring of 2013. We are currently over three years into Cycle 24. The current predicted size makes this the smallest sunspot cycle in about 100 years.The prediction method has been slightly revised. The previous method found a fit for both the amplitude and the starting time of the cycle along with a weighted estimate of the amplitude from precursor predictions (polar fields and geomagnetic activity near cycle minimum)....
  • Thursday PM 12 Apr 2012 "Solar Cycle 24 Update"

    04/12/2012 10:02:39 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | 12 April 2012 | Paul Dorian
    Thursday PM 12 Apr 2012 "Solar Cycle 24 Update" by The SI Weather TheSIWeather Could a trending pattern of low solar activity could result in global cooling?The SI Organization
  • “All three of these lines of research to point to the familiar sunspot cycle shutting down,,,

    06/14/2011 10:48:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 44 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | June 14, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    I’ve managed to get a copy of the official press release provided by the Southwest Research Institute Planetary Science Directorate to MSM journalists, for today’s stunning AAS announcement and it is reprinted in full here: WHAT’S DOWN WITH THE SUN? MAJOR DROP IN SOLAR ACTIVITY PREDICTED Latitude-time plots of jet streams under the Sun's surface show the surprising shutdown of the solar cycle mechanism. New jet streams typically form at about 50 degrees latitude (as in 1999 on this plot) and are associated with the following solar cycle 11 years later. New jet streams associated with a future 2018-2020 solar...
  • 'Monster' Solar Storm Erupts On the Sun (Amazing Picture Included!)

    02/26/2011 2:27:23 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 60 replies
    Space.com ^ | 02/26/2011 | Space.com
    The sun unleashed a powerful flare Thursday (Feb.24) that – while not the strongest solar storm ever seen – let loose a massive wave of magnetic plasma in a dazzling display. The solar flare kicked up a huge, twisting tendril of plasma that scientists call a solar prominence. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the flare in an eye-catching video, with mission scientists calling the eruption a "monster prominence."
  • 100,000-Year Climate Pattern Linked To Sun's Magnetic Cycle

    06/08/2002 6:12:46 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 800+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 6-7-2002
    Date: Posted 6/7/2002 100,000-Year Climate Pattern Linked To Sun's Magnetic Cycles HANOVER, N.H. – Thanks to new calculations by a Dartmouth geochemist, scientists are now looking at the earth's climate history in a new light. Mukul Sharma, Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences at Dartmouth, examined existing sets of geophysical data and noticed something remarkable: the sun's magnetic activity is varying in 100,000-year cycles, a much longer time span than previously thought, and this solar activity, in turn, may likely cause the 100,000-year climate cycles on earth. This research helps scientists understand past climate trends and prepare for future ones. Published...
  • Mysterious Night-Shining Clouds Getting Brighter

    01/28/2011 9:05:16 AM PST · by The Comedian · 34 replies
    Space.com ^ | 27 January 2011 Time: 06:31 PM ET | OurAmazingPlanet
    After the sun sets on a summer evening and the sky fades to black, you may be lucky enough to see thin, wavy clouds illuminating the night, such as these seen over Billund, Denmark, on July 15, 2010. Clouds bright enough to see at night are not as hard to find as they once were. These so-called night-shining clouds are still rare — rare enough that Matthew DeLand, who has been studying them for 11 years, has seen them only once. But his odds are increasing. [Related: In Images: Reading the Clouds.] These mysterious clouds form between 50 and...
  • Study Peels Back More of the Magnetic Sun

    03/12/2010 11:45:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 730+ views
    ScienceNOW ^ | March 12, 2010 | Phil Berardelli
    Enlarge Image Turmoil. Magnetism produces much of the sun's surface phenomena, such as these sunspots, seen in ultraviolet light. Credit: NASA/TRACE Researchers have discovered that one of the mysterious forces that sweep the sun's surface shows an unexpectedly strong connection with the number of sunspots, magnetic disturbances that can affect Earth's weather and telecommunications. The findings should improve predictions of the sun's dynamics and might even help scientists develop better climate models. Along with heat and light, the sun emits x-rays and magnetically charged particles that can endanger astronauts, fry circuits aboard satellites orbiting Earth, and overload electric power...
  • BIG NEW SUNSPOT

    12/16/2009 9:39:38 AM PST · by SpaceBar · 59 replies · 2,376+ views
    SpaceWeather ^ | December 16, 2009 | SpaceWeather
    New sunspot 1035 is growing rapidly and it is now seven times wider than Earth. This makes it an easy target for backyard solar telescopes. ... The magnetic polarity of the spot identifies it as a member of Solar Cycle 24--the cycle we've been waiting for to end the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century. One spot isn't enough to end the lull, but sunspot 1035 could herald bigger things to come.
  • Decades of Global Cooling Ahead?

    09/23/2009 6:31:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies · 3,357+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 9/23/2009 | The Editors of IBD
    <p>Global Warming: President Obama warns of planetary doom at the U.N. if we fail to pass cap-and-trade legislation. Meanwhile, a former warm-monger predicts decades of cooling as the sun stays nearly "spotless."</p> <p>The president had hoped to address Tuesday's United Nations climate change summit in New York with a finished cap-and-trade bill. Failing that, he hoped he'd at least have a version of the Waxman-Markey bill that has passed the House on his desk before the Copenhagen talks in December to cobble together a follow-up to the failed Kyoto Protocol.</p>
  • The End Is Near — Not!

    09/22/2009 6:14:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,038+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 22, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Global Warming: President Obama warns of planetary doom at the U.N. if we fail to pass cap-and-trade legislation. Meanwhile, a former warm-monger predicts decades of cooling as the sun stays nearly "spotless."The president had hoped to address Tuesday's United Nations climate change summit in New York with a finished cap-and-trade bill. Failing that, he hoped he'd at least have a version of the Waxman-Markey bill that has passed the House on his desk before the Copenhagen talks in December to cobble together a follow-up to the failed Kyoto Protocol. Not only did that not happen in the cool summer of...
  • Sun-Caused Warming

    09/08/2009 5:30:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 2,191+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 8, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Climate Change: A team of international scientists has finally figured out why sunspots have a dramatic effect on the weather. It shows the folly of fearing the SUV while dismissing that thermonuclear furnace in the sky.Mankind once worshiped the sun. Now the world studiously ignores it as nations prepare to hammer out a successor to the failed Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012, in Copenhagen in December. Something is indeed rotten in Denmark. Our own government is committed to fighting climate change whether it be though Son of Kyoto or our own growth-capping, job-killing cap-and-trade legislation known as Waxman-Markey. Despite...
  • Global cooling/global waming: The sun and the missing data

    08/21/2009 6:31:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 74 replies · 2,502+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | August 20, 2009 | Steve LaNore
    This image of the sun shows no sunspots continuing to be the case The sun seems to be back to its slumbering ways as we head towards the fall 2009. During the spring and summer months, sunspot activity, one measure of the sun’s energy output (another is the 10.7cm radio flux), was quite active. In July, the strongest flare in two years erupted from a spot that was rotating across the face of the sun. July was the third month in a row with heightened activity; this suggested a trend which would at last fall in line with projections...
  • Apocalypse Sun?

    06/02/2009 6:29:37 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 18 replies · 1,583+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 3, 2009 | Editorial
    Climate Change: NASA predicts the lowest sunspot activity since 1928. Is a major solar storm in the offing? While we worry about man-made warming, the sun may soon show us who's boss... But this dry statistic has more significance for the earth and its climate than all of Al Gore's gloom and doom about tailpipe emissions and rising sea levels. Whether the warm-mongers like it or not, the sun rules earth's climate — always has and always will.
  • NASA now saying that a Dalton Minimum repeat is possible

    07/29/2009 11:20:53 AM PDT · by decimon · 33 replies · 1,847+ views
    Watts Up With That? ^ | Jul 28, 2009 | David Archibald
    NASA’s David Hathaway has adjusted his expectations of Solar Cycle 24 downwards. He is quoted in the New York Times here Specifically, he said: ” Still, something like the Dalton Minimum — two solar cycles in the early 1800s that peaked at about an average of 50 sunspots — lies in the realm of the possible.” NASA has caught up with my prediction in early 2006 of a Dalton Minimum repeat, so for a brief, shining moment of three years, I have had a better track record in predicting solar activity than NASA. Hathaway-NYT
  • Welcome to Solar Minimum

    07/28/2009 11:44:31 PM PDT · by FredDardick · 22 replies · 1,332+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | July 21, 2009 | Fred Dardick
    Unfortunately for Democrats, global warming is much more complicated science than what their theories predict. The greatest contributing factor to global temperatures isn’t atmospheric carbon dioxide, it’s the sun. The sun’s release of energy has natural variations and it is currently in a state known as solar minimum; the lowest energy output by the sun as it oscillates through an approximate 11 year cycle of activity, also known as the Schwabe cycle. This is the primary reason for the colder than normal temperatures recorded across the country this summer.
  • An Apocalypse Sun?

    06/03/2009 10:30:47 AM PDT · by TaraP · 51 replies · 2,475+ views
    Climate Change: NASA predicts the lowest sunspot activity since 1928. Is a major solar storm in the offing? While we worry about man-made warming, the sun may soon show us who's boss. It's the sort of news that makes one's eyes glaze over. "If our prediction is correct, Solar Cycle 24 will have a peak sunspot number of 90, the lowest of any cycle since 1928 when Solar Cycle 16 peaked at 78," said Doug Biesecker of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center. Yes, space has weather, in the form of solar radiation that varies with...
  • The Warm Turns

    12/30/2008 5:55:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1,255+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 30, 2008
    Climate Change: The Earth has been warming ever since the end of the Little Ice Age. But guess what: Researchers say mankind is to blame for that, too.s we've noted, 2008 has been a year of records for cold and snowfall and may indeed be the coldest year of the 21st century thus far. In the U.S., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month of October. Global thermometers stopped rising after 1998, and have plummeted in the last two years by more than 0.5 degrees Celsius. The 2007-2008 temperature...
  • Missing Its Spots: ‘Sun may be on verge of falling into an extended slumber’ cause extended cooling

    07/20/2009 8:18:11 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 33 replies · 1,935+ views
    The New York Times via Icecap.US ^ | July 20, 2009 | Kenneth Chang
    http://icecap.us/index.php/go/political-climate
  • The G-8 Economic Suicide Pact

    07/09/2009 6:08:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 3,065+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 9, 2009
    Climate Change: Channeling King Canute, G-8 leaders agree to wreck the world's economy, and ours, by pledging to prevent temperatures from rising more than 4 degrees by 2050. What if the Earth has other plans?Canute was the legendary king whose sycophantic followers praised his power and wisdom. He was The One of his time. He once stood on the shore and commanded the waves to halt. As the story goes, he was exercising his ego when in fact he was giving his followers a dose of reality — the power of man over nature is finite and inconsequential. We were...
  • Sunspot Delay Due to Sluggish Solar "Jet Stream"?

    07/05/2009 5:16:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,405+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | June 19, 2009 | Anne Minard
    A sluggish, jet stream-like flow deep inside the sun could be to blame for the delay in increased solar activity that has been stumping astronomers. (Read "Sun Oddly Quiet—Hints at Next 'Little Ice Age'?") The jet stream, which is actually a plasma current called a torsional oscillation, has been migrating more slowly than usual through the star's interior, according to a team led by Frank Hill of the National Solar Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. Every 11 years the sun generates new jet streams near its poles. These streams slowly shift from east to west toward the solar equator over...
  • A Yawn From the Napping Sun

    06/21/2009 1:56:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 1,181+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 18 June 2009 | Phil Berardelli
    Enlarge ImageWake-up call. The sun's jet streams (in red, right) have reached their critical position, and soon the first sunspots of the new solar cycle may mar the star's currently placid-looking surface (inset).Credit: National Solar Observatory/GONG (main image); SOHO/MDI (inset) Maybe old Sol didn't hear the alarm clock. After a mysterious 2-year delay, the next 11-year solar cycle seems ready to begin, scientists say. That means the reemergence of sunspots, and with them periodic electromagnetic assaults on global navigation, communications, and power supplies--as well as brilliant auroras in the polar regions. For unknown reasons, the sun goes through cycles...
  • 'Sluggish' jet streams linked to quiet Sun

    06/19/2009 10:12:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 1,651+ views
    physicsworld.com ^ | Jun 18, 2009 | Jon Cartwright
    Inside the sun: more than just a glowing ball The unusually long quiet period of the Sun’s present activity may be due to the motion of “sluggish” jet streams beneath the solar surface, according to scientists at the National Solar Observatory (NSO) in Arizona, US. The scientists’ observations, which show an east–west jet stream has taken a year longer to migrate south by 10° than in the previous solar cycle, also indicate that the sun is moving into its next cycle. “We need to continue these observations for many, many more years to fully understand what is going on,” said...
  • NASA Study Acknowledges Solar Cycle, Not Man, Responsible for Past Warming

    06/05/2009 12:55:01 AM PDT · by neverdem · 56 replies · 3,687+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | June 4, 2009 | Michael Andrews
    Report indicates solar cycle has been impacting Earth since the Industrial Revolution Some researchers believe that the solar cycle influences global climate changes.  They attribute recent warming trends to cyclic variation.  Skeptics, though, argue that there's little hard evidence of a solar hand in recent climate changes. Now, a new research report from a surprising source may help to lay this skepticism to rest.  A study from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland looking at climate data over the past century has concluded that solar variation has made a significant impact on the Earth's climate.  The report concludes...
  • What is Birkat Hachamah?<br> An Overview of this Rare Blessing

    04/05/2009 8:06:01 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 13 replies · 461+ views
    Chabad.org ^ | Not dated | Unattributed
    G‑d made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night . . . And it was evening and it was morning, a fourth day.—Genesis 1:16, 19 One who sees the sun at its turning point should say, "Blessed is He who reenacts the works of Creation." And when is this? Abaya said: every 28th year.—Talmud, Tractate Berachot 59b Every 28 years the sun returns to the same position, at the same time of the week, that it occupied at the time of its creation—at the beginning of the fourth...
  • The Sun Shows Signs of Life

    11/10/2008 4:13:31 AM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 23 replies · 228+ views
    NASA ^ | 11/7/08 | Dr. Tony Phillips
    Nov. 7, 2008: After two-plus years of few sunspots, even fewer solar flares, and a generally eerie calm, the sun is finally showing signs of life. "I think solar minimum is behind us," says sunspot forecaster David Hathaway of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. His statement is prompted by an October flurry of sunspots. "Last month we counted five sunspot groups," he says. That may not sound like much, but in a year with record-low numbers of sunspots and long stretches of utter spotlessness, five is significant. "This represents a real increase in solar activity." Above: New-cycle sunspot group...
  • Huge sigh of relief as sunspot appears

    10/11/2008 9:09:24 PM PDT · by dr_lew · 24 replies · 1,651+ views
    Engineering News ^ | Oct 10, 2008 | Kelvin Kemm
    A sunspot has just appeared on the sun and many people are breathing a sigh of relief. Why?
  • Sunspot-hurricane link proposed

    09/29/2008 1:40:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 879+ views
    Nature News ^ | 28 September 2008 | Jeff Tollefson
    Controversial research hints that solar cycle affects cyclone intensity. A new study suggests that more sunspots mean less intense hurricanes on Earth. But many hurricane experts are cool on the idea. James Elsner, a climatologist at Florida State University in Tallahassee, has analyzed hurricane data going back more than a century. He says he has identified a 10- to 12-year cycle in hurricane records that corresponds to the solar cycle, in which the Sun's magnetic activity rises and falls. Solar activity varies on a roughly 11-year cycle, in which its magnetic activity waxes and wanes.NASA/TRACE The idea is that increased...
  • Sun Makes History: First Spotless Month in a Century [possible mini-ice age]

    09/03/2008 2:40:38 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 33 replies · 296+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | September 1, 2008 8:11 AM | Michael Asher
    The record-setting surface of the sun. A full month has gone by without a single spot (Source: Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)) The sun has reached a milestone not seen for nearly 100 years: an entire month has passed without a single visible sunspot being noted. The event is significant as many climatologists now believe solar magnetic activity – which determines the number of sunspots -- is an influencing factor for climate on earth. According to data from Mount Wilson Observatory, UCLA, more than an entire month has passed without a spot. The last time such an event occurred was...
  • Sun in deep slumber: 10.7 solar flux hits record low value

    07/17/2008 9:11:08 AM PDT · by Marie · 23 replies · 173+ views
    Watt's Up With That? ^ | July 16, 2008 | Basil
    ~snip~ NRC Canada’s FTP site which logs the daily 10.7 centimeter (2800 megahertz) radio flux from the sun just reported what appears to be a new record low in the observed data.~/snip~ ~snip~As we’ve seen from visiual cues and lack of sunpots recently, it is obvious that the sun is in a deep minimum. Expert forecasts that have called for the sun to be regularly active by now have been falsified by nature, and the question of the day is: how long before the sun becomes active again?~/snip~
  • Sun's Not Screwy, Scientist Says

    07/11/2008 11:13:33 AM PDT · by decimon · 61 replies · 156+ views
    SPACE.com ^ | Jul 11, 2008 | Unknown
    Nothing is out of whack with the sun, a NASA researcher said this week, despite some scientists' suggestions that a lull in the weather there lately is unusually long, a phenomenon linked to at least one small ice age. < > "There have been some reports lately that solar minimum is lasting longer than it should. That's not true," said NASA solar physicist David Hathaway. The ongoing lull in sunspot numbers "is well within historic norms for the solar cycle." < >
  • Oh No! What If It Gets Colder?

    05/30/2008 12:46:32 PM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 42 replies · 126+ views
    Contracting Business ^ | 05/29/2008 | Matt Michel
    I'm positively gleeful about the prospect of runaway global warming - anthropogenic (i.e., man caused) or otherwise. You see, we've got the solution to global warming. It's air conditioning. Eureka - the future is bright! But what if it doesn't get warmer? What if it gets colder? If some solar physicists are correct, the sun's magnetic activity may impact world temperature more than man-made greenhouse gases. And the sun's magnetic activity appears to be slowing. For more than 200 years, scientists have noted a correlation between sunspots (areas of intense magnetic activity) and temperature, even if they weren't quite sure...
  • Food price crisis poses 'risk of war'

    04/13/2008 3:43:57 PM PDT · by bjs1779 · 80 replies · 186+ views
    GulfNews.com ^ | April 14, 2008
    Dubai: The food price and supply situation is turning worse, and in some places is uglier than expected and could lead to domestic turmoil, including the "risk of war", a top official said. The food price situation has already claimed its first victim - the Haitian Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis - who was forced to quit, and food ration lines in Bangladesh are becoming longer everyday with sporadic incidents, reflecting a near explosive situation due to hunger. "Food prices, if they go on like they are doing today... the consequences will be terrible," International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director...
  • Solar Minimum has Arrived

    03/07/2006 2:30:00 AM PST · by S0122017 · 34 replies · 1,736+ views
    NASA ^ | 03.06.2006 | Dr. Tony Phillips
    Solar Minimum has Arrived 03.06.2006 March 6, 2006: Every year in February, the students of Mrs. Phillips's 5th grade class in Bishop, California, celebrate Galileo's birthday (Feb. 15th) by repeating one of his discoveries. They prove that the sun spins. It's simple. Step 1: Look at the sun. Galileo did this using a primitive telescope; Mrs. Phillips's students use the internet. Step 2: Sketch the sunspots. Step 3: Repeat daily. After only a few days, it's obvious that the sunspots are moving and sun is spinning, performing one complete turn every 27 days. This procedure worked fine in 1610. But...
  • The K7RA Solar Update

    06/11/2004 9:15:34 PM PDT · by Denver Ditdat · 5 replies · 248+ views
    The American Radio Relay League ^ | Jun 11, 2004 | Tad Cook, K7RA
    The K7RA Solar UpdateSEATTLE, WA, Jun 11, 2004 Solar activity remains low. As the sunspot cycle declines, we are inevitably headed toward a year or two of quiet sun. The sunspot minimum still is several years away, however. This week average daily sunspot numbers were up slightly by more than 7 points to 68.3. Average daily solar flux was down nearly 10 points to 87.4. Geomagnetic conditions remained quiet to slightly unsettled. The chance of any geomagnetic upset this weekend seems very remote. The sun is nearly blank, but as of June 10, two sunspots were peeking around the edge...
  • Is the Global Warming Bubble About to Burst?

    09/12/2003 10:43:13 PM PDT · by PeaceBeWithYou · 30 replies · 4,728+ views
    CO2 Science Magazine ^ | September 10, 2003 | Sherwood, Keith and Craig Idso
    In a recent discussion published in the Russian journal Geomagnetizm i Aeronomiya (Vol. 43, pp. 132-135), two scientists from the Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics of the Siberian Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences challenge the politically-correct global warming dogma that vexes the entire world.  Bashkirtsev and Mashnich (2003) say that "a number of publications report that the anthropogenic impact on the Earth's climate is an obvious and proven fact," when in actuality, in their opinion, "none of the investigations dealing with the anthropogenic impact on climate convincingly argues for such an impact." In the way of contrary evidence,...
  • Mystery of the Sun's Two North Poles

    04/23/2003 2:23:08 PM PDT · by RightWhale · 24 replies · 256+ views
    space.com ^ | 23 Apr 03 | Tony Phillips
    Mystery of the Sun's Two North Poles By Tony Phillips Science.NASA.gov posted: 08:00 am ET 23 April 2003 Three years ago, something weird happened to the Sun. Normally, our star, like Earth itself, has a north and a south magnetic pole. But for nearly a month beginning in March 2000, the Sun's south magnetic pole faded, and a north pole emerged to take its place. The Sun had two north poles. "It sounds impossible, but it's true," says space physicist Pete Riley of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in San Diego. "In fact, it's a fairly normal side-effect of...