11 June 2008

The Sun is Dead, Long Live the Sun!

Solar scientists continue to be perplexed concerning the persistence of SolarCycle 23, and the reluctance of SolarCycle24 to begin in earnest.
The sun today. There appears to be an emerging Cycle 23 spot at the left, but still no new Cycle 24 spots.

The sun has been laying low for the past couple of years, producing no sunspots and giving a break to satellites...The scientists said periods of inactivity are normal for the sun, but this period has gone on longer than usual. “It continues to be dead,” said Saku Tsuneta with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, program manager for the Hinode solar mission.

...In the past, they [solar observers] observed that the sun once went 50 years without producing sunspots. That period, from approximately 1650 to 1700, occurred during the middle of a little ice age on Earth that lasted from as early as the mid-15th century to as late as the mid-19th century.

Solar physicists are simply stumped. The 5 billion year old sun operates on a much longer time scale than the years and decades that individual scientists are capable of observing first-hand. Solar science has not been a human discipline long enough for solar physicists to truly understand the sun's activity.

While politicians, bureaucrats, carbon traders (Al Gore), and other opportunists obsess over "catastrophic" green house gas warming (CAGW), the sun continues along its own path. Will short-lived, short-sighted humans be surprised by what the sun does? Mais, oui!


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Blogger Hell_Is_Like_Newark said...

David Hathaway from NASA is trying to discount the effect of the sun.
From: http://www.livescience.com/space/080611-sunspot-activity.html

[i]But the sun isn't the only thing that influences our climate: volcanic eruptions, large-scale phenomena such as El Nino, and, more recently, the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere also affect the global climate.

Prior to the industrial revolution, the sun probably accounted for about 10 to 30 percent of climate variability, Hathaway told SPACE.com, but now that greenhouse gases have started to build up, "the sun's contribution is getting smaller and smaller," he added.[/i]

Thursday, 12 June, 2008  
Blogger al fin said...

Hathaway's predictions have not been worth very much this solar cycle transition--like all the other NASA solar scientists' predictions. They are completely stumped, but have to appear as if they know what they are talking about, being "experts."

Hathaway is part of a bureaucracy that gets a lot of money to study climate change, instead of doing space missions like it should be doing. When bureaucrats are team players, their bureaucratic experience tends to be better.

Thursday, 12 June, 2008  

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