Hi everyone, I thought this may be of interest, it came from one of my Total
Solar Eclipse sites.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Anthony Ayiomamitis" <[email protected]>
To: "Solar Eclipse Mailing List" <[email protected]>
Cc: "Jay Pasachoff" <[email protected]>
Sent: Sunday, July 05, 2009 3:09 PM
Subject: [SEML] Unusually Deep Solar Minimum (aka A Tale of Two Suns)
Who stole the sunspots?! Where have they gone?!
As noted by Dr Phillips (SpaceWeather), "As of March 31st, there were no
sunspots on 78 of the year's 90 days (87%)." (see
and this a continuation of 2008 where 266 days were characterized without
any sunspot activity (same reference).
For an interesting collage of two images spaced precisely four years apart
and which is a perfect representation of what is happening (actually NOT
happening) with Sol at this moment, I kindly direct you to
http://www.perseus.gr/Astro-Solar-Scenes-Deep-Minimum-2005-2009.htm . More
specifically, one of the two component images in the collage is from July
5th, 2005 and which documents the sample rich activity which is
characteristic of the sun during non-minimum periods. The second component
image in the collage is from July 5th, 2009 and is most characteristic of
the blank sun which has become the norm and status quo. Please remember to
click on the hyperlinked image which really brings the message forth in a
higher analysis rendition of the same result.
Some research suggests this lack of sunspot activity impacts the levels of
UV in our atmosphere and which in turn impact the development of clouds.
Certainly winters have been unusually severe and it seems each and every
winter manages to find a way to be worse than the previous one.
Let's hope for at least sunspot grouping on July 22nd so that we can focus
our prized toys directed at the sun ... along with good weather and great
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