What, no grand minimum? Based on only one sunspot we are ready to declare SC-25 will be stronger than SC-24? Stay Tuned
Evidence of a Cycle 25 sunspot found
In our previous post: Solar activity crashes – the Sun looks like a cueball,
Our resident solar physicist, Dr. Leif Svalgaard commented and provided a link to something reported by his colleagues, something that likely would not have been possible without the fantastic solar observations of NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observeratory (SDO). He said:
Cycle 25 has already begun
It looks to me that SC25 will be a bit stronger than SC24, so probably no Grand Minimum this time
(ignore the 2014 in the top line – it is just a place holder).
It seems a small sunspot has been observed, that has the opposite polarity of cycle 24 sunspots.
From the first link at Berkeley, Tomek Mrozek and Hugh Hudson write:
This brief Nugget simply announces that YES, we really have seen Cycle 25 [sunspot activity]. An earlier Nugget hinted at…
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No. Other spots seen earlier. One swallow does not make a summer.
May I recommend a class on this subject? By @dbirch214… The Star Man channel:
Russ, you know as well as I do, there was no possible way that small speck could have been seen back in the 1800’s. This could have happened before. And could also mean we are going into cycle 25 very slowly.