Solar Minimum ends - only 5 years to Maximum!

Space Weather News for Jan. 4, 2008

Solar physicists have been waiting for the appearance of a reversed-polarity sunspot to signal the start of the next solar cycle. The wait is over. A magnetically reversed, high-latitude sunspot emerged today. This marks the beginning of Solar Cycle 24 and the first step toward a new solar maximum. Intense solar activity won’t begin right away. Solar cycles usually take a few years to build from solar minimum (where we are now) to Solar Max (expected in 2011 or 2012). It’s a slow journey, but we’re on our way!

Roger G4OWG

In reply to G4OWG:
I’ll use more sunscreen on the summits then :slight_smile:

73 Marc G0AZS