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Should There Be No Sunspots?
2004 10 19

By Mitch Battros - ECTV

The answer is yes…but not now! NASA has now come forward and acknowledged this solar cycle known as “Cycle 23”, is anything but ‘usual’. Solar physicist David Hathaway of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, goes so far as to say “(this is) the calm before the storm.” One would have to wonder, just what could a renowned solar physicist mean by what we are seeing today is “the calm before the storm”.

The answer comes just a few short sentences away. In this latest NASA release, Hathaway tells us “the next solar maximum might come early, too”. So if the solar minimum is not on schedule, and the solar maximum is coming early, then what part of NASA’s official prediction of Cycle 23 is accurate? Answer: None

Hathaway tells us: “Last week, twice, on Oct. 11th and 12th. There were no sunspots. "This is a sign that the solar minimum is coming, and it's coming sooner than we expected."

He goes on to tell us during the lowest activity of solar activity, you can usually find one or two spots on the Sun. But when Hathaway looked on Jan. 28, 2004, there were none. The sun was utterly blank. It happened again

As I have stated in so many previous articles since 1997, I have hypothisised we “are not” in a typical eleven year cycle, but a cycle that supersedes a cycle. I have named it a “Mega Cycle”. But in fairness to our esteemed colleagues, it is only fair to say “we are all just kind of guessing”. Too bad NASA refuses to say same.

But this is not entirely true. At least one of the five person panel who makes the final and official NASA prediction of all solar cycles has stated “live” on ECTV that “we may have got it wrong”. This statement came from Dr. Ernest Hildner, a person I highly admire and is the Director of the NOAA/NASA Space Weather Center. You can listen to this interview in its entirety by going to our “Audio Archives” and look for Dr. Hildner’s name.

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