Where are the Sunspots?

July 17th, 2014 at 10:56 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

sun - blank  This is a Thurs. AM picture of the sun from the Solar Dynamics Obervatory (NASA).  There is only one recognized sunspot on the side of the sun facing Earth and it’s so small that you probably can’t see it (click on the image to enlarge).  The number of sunspots has been declining over the last 20 years.  Here’s the sunspot record going back to the 1700s.  From the NASA article:  “Early records of sunspots indicate that the Sun went through a period of inactivity in the late 17th century. Very few sunspots were seen on the Sun from about 1645 to 1715 (38 kb JPEG image). Although the observations were not as extensive as in later years, the Sun was in fact well observed during this time and this lack of sunspots is well documented. This period of solar inactivity also corresponds to a climatic period called the “Little Ice Age” when rivers that are normally ice-free froze and snow fields remained year-round at lower altitudes. There is evidence that the Sun has had similar periods of inactivity in the more distant past. The connection between solar activity and terrestrial climate is an area of on-going research.”

Also, check out the “heart rainbow“.  Here’s noctilucent clouds over Scotland at 2:28 am.  Nice Northern Lights pic. from British Columbia.  Here’s this week’s Sky at a GlanceTyphoon Rammusun intensifying and heading toward S. ChinaSignificant freeze in central South America could affect coffee prices (precursor to an earlier frost and early snow in the Great Lakes (Oct./Nov.)?


16 Responses to “Where are the Sunspots?”

  1. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Crazy how that works. Just a week ago there were almost 200 sunspots, but now most have rotated to the far side of the sun so we can’t see them. By next week the dark cores will be back in view again if they survive the trip across the far side.

  2. Jack says:

    Hmm, Very Interesting . Sorry I can’t Resist this Old Song it Came to Mind while Reading This Thread. So, CUE :: SUNSPOT BABY – BOB SEGER – YouTube
    ► 4:43► 4:43
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRmgT3n1m8Y. Heee,heeee……Stay CUEDD…

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      A classic, for sure.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      +100 TRILLION!

  3. John says:

    Uh oh. I smell a Rocky post coming on.

  4. fixxxer says:

    Obviously non exsistant this soo called summer.

  5. Hudsonville Barn Cat says:

    NASA should immediately send a team of astronauts to the solar surface to investigate these disappearing spots.

    1. Brian says:

      They better plan a night landing BAWAHAHAHAHAHA!

  6. Paul S says:

    That is amazing! Only 10 days ago the sun was filled with sunspots and the number was 256. Now the sunsopt number is 11!!! This “solar max” never really materialized.

  7. Jack says:

    OFF TOPIC, If Ya Please.. WOW, What a Day of ” Breaking NEWS around The WORLD” !! :-(

    1. Jack says:

      TRUE, Brian. I was 3 years Old in 1958, so I Don’t Really Recall The Previous Record. Stay CUEDD….

  8. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The “mini ice age” is upon us! Get used to it!

    1. Jack says:

      ” mini ice Age”? What is that ? Ice Cubes, for Short People ? LOL….Stay CUBEDD…. ;-)

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        ROCK ON Jack!

  9. Bernie (At da Lakeshore) says:

    If another ice age comes I think the old Gypsum Mines would be a good place to hide out. There is room for a lot of people and there is lots of food. :)

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