Speckwatch

There’s been a little discussion about the plage area that came around the solar rim in the last two days, and now it appears that it has formed a spot.…

NASA: Sun is "blankety blankest" it's been in the Space Age

From NASA Science News h/t to John-X Spotless Sun: 2008 is the Blankest Year of the Space Age Sept. 30, 2008: Astronomers who count sunspots have announced that 2008 is…

Small sunspecks emerging on both solar hemispheres

In comments, Jonn-X wondered: Dead pixels or new sunspecks (pore-ettes) ? At first I was pretty sure I was looking at nothing, then I saw the official NOAA bulletin http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/forecast.html…

Will September be the month the sun truly transitions to Cycle 24?

Below is a note forwarded to me by John Sumption from Jan Janssens. For those who do not know him, Jan runs a very comphrehensive solar tracking website here. Jan…

Latest Cycle 24 Sunspot: here today, gone tomorrow

I decided to make an animated GIF of the latest cycle 24 sunspot, dubbed number 1002, which was literally a “flash in the pan”. Credit: SOHO/MDI One thing that has…

NASA's press conference on the state of the sun

I just finished participating in the press teleconference call in for reporters with NASA and their panel of solar experts today. There was a lot of interesting discussions and questions.…

New Cycle 24 Sunspot and SSN wavelet analysis

Maybe there is some hope for SC24 ramping up this year yet. This appears to be the largest SC24 spot to date. Previous SC24 spots have faded quickly, we’ll see…

NEWS: NASA to hold press conference on the state of the sun

This is unusual. A live media teleconference on the sun. Even more unusual is this statement: The sun’s current state could result in changing conditions in the solar system. As…

This is what passes for a sunspot these days

After the August 21st sunspot debacle where SIDC reported a spot and initially NOAA didn’t, mostly due to the report from the Catania Observatory in Italy, we have another similar…

Response from SIDC on the August sunspeck debacle

August 21st sketch from Catainia Observatory, Italy. Click for a larger image I had thought I was getting “blown off” by SIDC (Solar Influences Data Center) since I had not heard a…

Sun poised to make history with first spotless month since 1913

Many people that have have an interest in the interaction between the Sun and Earth have been keeping a watchful eye on several metrics of solar activity recently. The most…

The Sun remains in a magnetic funk

While sunspots are often cited as the main proxy indicator of solar activity, there is another indicator which I view as equally (if not more) important. The Average Planetary Magnetic index…

2014-2015 – These years are a repeating theme in solar forecasts

Sun today – still blank. We are approaching a spotless month of August, 2 days to go. Here at WUWT, I’ve touched on almost every point in this article below,…

Spotless days: 400 and counting

The sun on 08/12/2008 just before midnight UTC – spotless As many of you know, the sun has been very quiet, especially in the last month. In a NASA news…

Sun in deep slumber: 10.7 solar flux hits record low value

NRC Canada’s FTP site which logs the daily 10.7 centimeter (2800 megahertz) radio flux from the sun just reported what appears to be a new record low in the observed…

Sun: Still quiet, over two months since a cycle 24 spot seen

Its all quiet on the solar front. Too quiet. It has now been almost 2 and a half months since the last counted cycle 24 sunspot has been seen on…

More Signs Of The Sun Slowing Down

In my post from yesterday, I highlighted a paragraph from a NASA press release which touched on one of the final findings of the soon to be ended Ulysses spacecraft…

NASA to Probe Sun "in situ"

Until the SOHO satellite was launched, astronomers had to be content to look through earth bound telescopes at the sun. Now that the sun is key to “the biggest threat…

Scientists not sure why Sun 'continues to be dead'

The sun today. There appears to be an emerging Cycle 23 spot at the left, but still no new Cycle 24 spots. Click for large image That’s never a good…

A little perspective

I found this image to be compelling because it shows our earth in perspective to some of the more mild activity occuring on the surface of the sun. www.Spaceweather.com writes:…