All I have to ask is would Galileo or Wolf counted or seen many of the so called Sunspots over the last few years that have been reported . First in this video is Galileo's sunspot drawings from 1611 that were done just prior to the Maunder Minimum . But in the last few years they have been counting areas that would have never been counted in the past because they simply would not have been seen ..
Astronomers of the time observed only about 50 sunspots for a 30-year period as opposed to a more typical 40-50,000 spots during the Maunder Minimum , However the Sunspots that were counted during this period were on average to what was seen in early July 2009 with the observation of Sunspot 1024 . They were very large in structure and were very well defined they just did not occur frequently. But in all reality would many of the Sunspots that have been counted over the last few years really qualify to be true Sunspots.One can clearly see that it was no less of an amazing feat for Galileo to make his observation when you examine the type of telescope he used. Now compare to the modern tools that are used like that of Kitt peak . The Kitt peak solar telescope has a projection table several feet across with a projected solar image size about 2 to 3 feet in diameter. With such a large image, a small pore would be relatively easy to see . But this is in fact skewing and corrupting hundreds of years of collected data.
Whatever the spin that NASA puts on the sunspot numbers will quickly evaporate as will their credibility as time goes by . But for now we will let NASA be exempt of bias and and let Dr. James Hansen and his buddy Al Gore off the hook but there will be hell to pay if we find out we were being deceived as some of us in Heliospheric Physics believe .
This has already been a long minimum. If it continues to September this year, it will pass the second standard deviation in cycle length, making it in about the top 3% of cycles in length of all time since records have been kept. Solar Cycles can be as short as 9 years and as long as 14 years . Either case Solar Cycle has lasted longer than the average 11 year cycle as with the Sunspot that lasted less than 24 hours on July 23rd 2009 was in fact from the last Solar Cycle 23 that is well now into its 13 year . The projection that Solar Cycle 25 will be even weaker than the current Solar Cycle 24 should put fear of Global Cooling and perhaps another Ice Age into anyones hearts and minds . The Great Conveyor Belt of the Sun continues to move at a crawl and this could well suggest that there will be a period of 40 or more years with little activity putting us real close to a Maunder Minimum style event . During these periods of low solar activity, levels of the Sun's ultraviolet radiation decrease, and can significantly impact ozone formation in the stratosphere. The changes in ozone that we modeled were key in producing the enhanced response .The changes in the upper atmosphere then feed down to the surface climate. And we have seen these changes in the ozone and in the temperatures of the stratophere .
We are being ignored by the Government of the United States the United Nations much the same way Galileo was demonized by the Catholic church . And if we are correct humanity will have hell to pay . An active sun helps drive their agenda; an inactive sun hurts the agenda. Basic logic & science dont matter; money & policy & control do and if I can get just one person to understand the deceit being thrusted upon us then I have done my job
Three other drastic minimums have been observed: the Oort Minimum (1010-1050), the Wolf Minimum (1280-1340) and the Spoerer Minimum (1420-1530)
1.Galileo's sunspot drawings from 1611 (courtesy Albert van Helden, Galileo Project, Rice University)
2.Sun from SOHO-MDI from March thru May 2001 (courtesy NASA/ESA).
3.Still image of the Sun 3-29-2001 (courtesy NASA/ESA).
4.Still image of the Sun 1-7-2009 of a claimed Sunspot (courtesy NASA/ESA).
5. Galileos telescope that he made the drawings from observations in 1611.
6 Galileo sunspot drawings from June 9th 1612 (courtesy Albert van Helden, Galileo Project, Rice University)
7. Kitt peak solar telescope ~ One of the powerful telescopes being used to detect and find these Micro Sunspots
8.Mt Wilson drawing of Sunspot on July 23rd 2009 (courtesy Mt Wislon UCLA).
9. Animation of the less than 24 hour Sunspot from SOHO-MDI on July 23rd 2009 (courtesy NASA/ESA).
10.The sun's "Great Conveyor Belt" in profile.(courtesy NASA)
11.David Hathaway's predictions for the next two solar cycles and, in pink, Mausumi Dikpati's prediction for cycle 24 (courtesy NASA)