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Are Sunspots Disappearing?

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From NASA:

"September 3, 2009: The sun is in the pits of the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century. Weeks and sometimes whole months go by without even a single tiny sunspot. The quiet has dragged out for more than two years, prompting some observers to wonder, are sunspots disappearing?"

"'Personally, I'm betting that sunspots are coming back,' says researcher Matt Penn of the National Solar Observatory (NSO) in Tucson, Arizona. But, he allows, 'there is some evidence that they won't.'"

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hey maui

hey maui i havent talked to you for a while i know what im saying is off topic but i jsut wanted to say hi

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Links to links for Liningston & Penn papers

The NASA press release is covered in more detail at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/09/03/nasa-are-sunspots-disappearing/ but an earlier post about their 2nd (and successful) attempt at publishing is more useful, see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/08/15/livingston-and-penn-in-eos-are-sunspots-different-during-this-solar-minimum/

Of the many interesting things going on the sun at the moment, this is the most fascinating and I think should receive much wider attention.


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