Just the Facts: Compilation of NASA solar stories

Posted: December 28, 2010 by tallbloke in Solar physics, solar system dynamics

Over on WUWT contributer ‘Just the facts’ provides a nice summary of NASA’s solar stories ver the last seven years. A useful reference for us, thanks mate!

Just The Facts says:

The following is a compilation of NASA’s solar prediction/observation press releases over the last 7 years. Those before 2009 are nothing short of awful, but there appears to have been some improvement (a decrease in wild speculation and sensationalism) since 2009:

Nov 12, 2003: “The Sun Goes Haywire – Solar maximum is years past, yet the sun has been remarkably active lately. Is the sunspot cycle broken?”
Oct 18, 2004: “Something strange happened on the sun last week: all the sunspots vanished. This is a sign, say scientists, that solar minimum is coming sooner than expected.”
May 5, 2005: “Solar Myth – With solar minimum near, the sun continues to be surprisingly active.”
Sept 15, 2005: “Solar Minimum Explodes – Solar minimum is looking strangely like Solar Max.”
Aug 15th, 2006: “Backward Sunspot – A strange little sunspot may herald the coming of one of the stormiest solar cycles in decades.”
Dec 21, 2006 “Scientists Predict Big Solar Cycle – Evidence is mounting: the next solar cycle is going to be a big one.”
Dec 14, 2007 “Is a New Solar Cycle Beginning? – The solar physics community is abuzz this week. ”
Jan 10, 2008: “Solar Cycle 24 – Hang on to your cell phone, a new solar cycle has just begun.
March 28, 2008: “Old Solar Cycle Returns – Barely three months after forecasters announced the beginning of new Solar Cycle 24, old Solar Cycle 23 has returned.”
July 11, 2008: “What’s Wrong with the Sun? (Nothing) – Stop the presses! The sun is behaving normally.”
Sept. 30, 2008: “Spotless Sun: Blankest Year of the Space Age
– Sunspot counts are at a 50-year low – We’re experiencing a deep minimum of the solar cycle.”
Nov. 7, 2008: The Sun Shows Signs of Life – I think solar minimum is behind us”
April 1, 2009: Deep Solar Minimum – We’re experiencing a very deep solar minimum – This is the quietest sun we’ve seen in almost a century”
May 29, 2009: “If our prediction is correct, Solar Cycle 24 will have a peak sunspot number of 90, the lowest of any cycle since 1928 when Solar Cycle 16 peaked at 78,”
June 17, 2009: “Mystery of the Missing Sunspots, Solved? The sun is in the pits of a century-class solar minimum, and sunspots have been puzzlingly scarce for more than two years.”
September 3, 2009: “Are Sunspots Disappearing? – 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?
September 29, 2009 “Cosmic Rays Hit Space Age High – In 2009, cosmic ray intensities have increased 19% beyond anything we’ve seen in the past 50 years,” says Richard Mewaldt of Caltech. “The increase is significant, and it could mean we need to re-think how much radiation shielding astronauts take with them on deep-space missions.”
March 12, 2010 “NASA – Solar ‘Current of Fire’ Speeds Up – the top of the sun’s Great Conveyor Belt has been running at record-high speeds for the past five years. ”
July 15, 2010 “A Puzzling Collapse of Earth’s Upper Atmosphere – This is the biggest contraction of the thermosphere in at least 43 years”
Sept. 21, 2010: “Solar Storms can Change Directions, Surprising Forecasters”
Dec. 13, 2010: “Global Eruption Rocks the Sun – A global eruption on the sun has shattered old ideas about solar activity.”

My question to NASA, is the sun still “behaving normally” and what exactly is normal behavior for a 4.6 Billion year-old G-type Main Sequence Star?

  1. BTW: Is there a picture of the Sun “behind de clouds”?….That would end all NASA stories about the Sun.

  2. Tenuc says:

    Another post showing just what a bunch of twats NASA has become 😦

    It sure looks like they have a really good fix on how the sun operates – not!

    As the current ‘standard solar model’ has once again failed to predict the sun’s future behaviour, it is time to reject it and find a better theory of how it works. I think the current best contenders are the ‘iron sun’ model and the ‘electric universe’ plasma model. Trouble is the sun is a variable star and mankind hasn’t been around long enough to see even a fraction of its possible behaviour. Here’s hoping we’re only heading for a Dalton type minimum, rather than a Maunder. At my age the cold is not good.

  3. Carla says:

    Adolfo Giurfa says:
    December 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm
    BTW: Is there a picture of the Sun “behind de clouds”?….That would end all NASA stories about the Sun.
    Justthefacts must be browsing in my computer, seems I have a similar collection of links.

    P.S. but I saved his anyway..