The Spotless Sun

Almost, or Close Enough

Writes Fabius Maximus:

Sunspot counts and other indicators of solar activity continue at low levels. The last month with zero sunspots was June 1913. August had zero spots, or one (there is some debate about this). How solar cycle 24 develops deserves to be on the list of things to watch for anyone interested in geopolitics. A “small” solar cycle – a period in which the global climate cools – would have substantial effects.

Well, Fabius takes back the two “facts” reported in the summary, but it only serves to underscore how quiet has been the surface of the sun (and wouldn’t that be a good song lyric?). Worth reading.

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