Monday, January 28, 2008

 

Solar Cycle 24 Has Begun

For anyone geeky enough to care, NOAA is reporting that Solar Cycle 24 has begun (as of Jan 4th). This means that solar activity (storms, flares, wind etc.) is now on the up-swing. The solar activity maximum is expected around 2011/2012. For anyone that doesn't know solar storms can seriously mess with our little planet by disrupting satellite communications, power grids (MTL 1989), etc.

For all the latest greatest on astronomical events which might affect us check out spaceweather.com.

Comments:
As an amateur radio operator, I have been looking forward to our lazy star getting off its glowing, gaseous butt and getting cycle 24 underway.

More sunspots = better radio propagation.
 
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