Nothing Doing! (April 13, 2007)
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For the ninth day in a row (as of April 12, 2007), the Sun has appeared spotless. No sunspots, Zip. We really are in the midst of solar minimum when the Sun's activity level in its 11 year cycle is at its lowest.
Dr. Tony Phillips (of spaceweather.com) recalled that during the last solar minimum in 1996 the Sun was spotless for 37 days!
So at this point we are still far from those tedious doldrums. Sunspot watchers are getting antsy, but what are you going to do? When there are no sunspots, then it usually follows that there are no solar storms. Over the past few weeks that has proven generally to be the case as well. Better find a good book to read - it's a waiting game for now!
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