Sunspot Activity Finally Perking Up

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By Chuck Cagara

Scientists are in general agreement that the next Solar Cycle (called Cycle #25) for sunspots began around December 2019 with 'Solar Max' expected to peak in 2025.

Finally, after a prolonged quiet period (called Solar Minimum) of extreme inactivity, we are seeing some notable sunspot activity developing.

Here is how the surface appeared today (Dec. 26) in photos showing the full sphere and a closer detail view.  Note that the larger, #2794, is approximately 3 times the diameter of Earth.

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Sail380 Dec 28, 2020 12:55 PM
Sunspot Activity Finally Perking Up

A few sunspots could be a short blip. Hard to know if were heading out of a Solar Minimum or going deeper into a Grand Solar Minimum.

Curmudgeon Dec 28, 2020 01:44 PM
Sunspot Activity Finally Perking Up

SAIL380 - Yes, hard to know. Since I don't know the science of it all I wonder if we could have a modified Solar Max cycle forming within a Grand Minimum or perhaps even a new Maunder Minimum.

macpuzl Dec 28, 2020 03:46 PM
Sunspot Activity Finally Perking Up

There is no Grand Solar Minimum in the making. In fact, this latest Cycle 25 may be very active. The Grand Minimum talk is all bloviation by climate science deniers.

Sail380 Dec 29, 2020 09:55 AM
Sunspot Activity Finally Perking Up

Not a climate denier. Lots more to sunspot activity than climate.
Although just one year ago, most people thought the extremist predicting a pandemic were just bloviating!!!

macpuzl Dec 28, 2020 03:59 PM
Sunspot Activity Finally Perking Up

Climate Science myths with regard to solar cycles are discussed here:

https://skepticalscience.com/argument.php

Specifically, myths 153, 91, 119, and 160.

macpuzl Dec 28, 2020 04:05 PM
Sunspot Activity Finally Perking Up

More good information on solar cycles and climate here:

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/solar-events-news/Does-the-Solar-Cycle-Affect-Earths-Climate.html

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