Solar Cycle - How is it doing?

17 Aug 2010

At August 16th is a post gleaned from Ria Novosti the Russian news agency, which reported there were five clusters of sunspots on the Sun, leading some scientists to think the lull was over and the Sun was coming back to life. However, recent sunspots have been fairly weak affairs - and this week the Sun has returned to being inactive. So what is going on?

NOAAs predictions on sun spot numbers have failed - dismally. They claimed that by now there would have been around 100 of them - but only about 20 have materialised. Hence, the peak of the next solar cycle has had to be shifted - and it might have to move again.