Digital Diatribes

A presentation of data on climate and other stuff

Like… A real sunspot cluster!

Posted by The Diatribe Guy on June 3, 2009

Novice watchers of the sun, like myself, who really only started paying attention to mindlessly staring at the orange ball on our screen within the last 2-3 years have been longing for some real sunspots. While I can appreciate the history being made today with the quiet sun, it’s really not all that exciting clicking on my link to the sun and just seeing an orange ball that looks just like it has for the last 2 years.

You can imagine my excitement (or, maybe you can’t.. your loss) when clicking on the link today to see the following:

sunspots_cluster

Real sunspots!

Gone are the days of squinting, and looking at a blown pixel in hopes that it is a sunspot. Gone are the tiny tim sunspecks that have been unimpressive, and yet have found themselves counted occasionally as a spot – probably to stave off the sheer boredom that another spotless day brings to some official counter. One imagines a man looking through a telescope all day long (with polarized sunglasses on, of course) and a white lab coat, holding his little chart. It’s a romanticized vision, I’m sure. But who wants to picture some schmuck that looks like you and me just pulling up an image on a computer? Booooring.

As you can probably tell, I really don’t have a whole lot more to say on this matter. Just kind of rambling at the moment.

I need diversions like this to help me forget about the fact that the government now own auto companies and banks and insurance companies. Not that sunspots have anything to do with that. Just sayin’.

OK, I’ll stop now.

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2 Responses to “Like… A real sunspot cluster!”

  1. Bob H said

    At last a sunspot you can see without opening the image and wondering “where the heck is that sunspot?” I’m guessing that the next sunspot will show around June 12th.

    BTW, I saw an article predicting SC24 with only 42 to 76 sunspots for a maximum. It’s looks like a cool cycle. Oh, one other thing. If you remember, a couple of days ago NCAR issued a forcast of a solar cycle higher than the last one. I’m not sure whether they are pro-man-made global warming or skeptical, but it seems a high prediction could be used to cover the “warmers” by explaining that the sun has gone mysteriously quiet and it is masking the man-made warming…just a guess.

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