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Re: Deep Solar Minimum

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  • W8GL
    ... Glad I don t have to depend on solar activity to QSO on CQ100! I d have a long gray beard before I ever got WAS if I waited for the elusive: Cycle 24 all
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 3, 2009
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      --- In GRARA@yahoogroups.com, Hank Greeb <n8xx@...> wrote:
      >
      >
      > Note, even though this one is dated April 1, 2009, it isn't an April
      > Fool joke - unless NASA is forging data. Anyone have data to contradict
      > these findings?
      >
      > =========================
      >
      > April 1, 2009: The sunspot cycle is behaving a little like the stock
      > market. Just when you think it has hit bottom, it goes even lower.
      >
      > 2008 was a bear. There were no sunspots observed on 266 of the year's
      > 366 days (73%). To find a year with more blank suns, you have to go all
      > the way back to 1913, which had 311 spotless days.. See:
      > http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/images/deepsolarminimum/centuryplot_gif2.gif
      > Prompted by these numbers, some observers suggested that the solar cycle
      > had hit bottom in 2008.
      >
      > Maybe not. Sunspot counts for 2009 have dropped even lower. As of March
      > 31st, there were no sunspots on 78 of the year's 90 days (87%).
      >
      > It adds up to one inescapable conclusion: "We're experiencing a very
      > deep solar minimum," says solar physicist Dean Pesnell of the Goddard
      > Space Flight Center.
      >
      > "This is the quietest sun we've seen in almost a century," agrees
      > sunspot expert David Hathaway of the Marshall Space Flight Center.
      >
      > more at:
      > http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/01apr_deepsolarminimum.htm?list195060
      >

      Glad I don't have to depend on solar activity to QSO on CQ100! I'd have a long gray beard before I ever got WAS if I waited for the elusive: "Cycle 24" all you nay-sayers keep fantacising about.
      W8GLguitarGARY
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