There’s no little black spot on the sun today … It’s the same old thing as yesterday
September 17, 2009, 4:02 am
Filed under: Science, Space
The Sun from SOHO -- Continuum image taken on 2009/09/17. Click on the image for the latest view from SOHO.

The Sun from SOHO -- Continuum image taken on 2009/09/17. Click on the image for the latest view from SOHO.

According to the latest imagery from the SOHO spacecraft there still aren’t any sunspots today. There weren’t any yesterday. There weren’t any the day before. Or the day before that. Or …

In 2006 many solar astronomers expected the new solar cycle to start in 2007 and peak in 2011 or 2012. Some thought the new Cycle 24 would be substantntially more active than most. Guess what? It still hasn’t started yet, not to any meaningful degree. Now there’s even speculation thet there might not even be a Cycle 24, that the Sun may be entering a prolonged period of inactivity like the Maunder Minimum. Stay tuned.

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