Sunspots

Sunspots Numbers for September 2019

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In the last four months the Sun has produced practically no sunspots. There were two in June, two in July, and one in August. The September graph, (above)  shows that the past month was as weak as August, with only one sunspot again.

A periodic solar event called a "grand minimum" could overtake the sun perhaps as soon as 2020 and lasting through 2070, resulting in diminished magnetism, infrequent sunspot production and less ultraviolet (UV) radiation reaching Earth — all bringing a cooler period to the planet that may span 50 years.

Doesn't look good for an upturn anytime soon. Read more about what this may mean to ham radio, by Robert Zimmerman at Behind the Black