CREDIT: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, V.M.J. Henriques (sunspot), NASA Apollo 17 (Earth)

On this blog I have posted two articles concerning how the last solar minimum was longer than usual:

Now we are in the midst of a solar awakening waxing toward a solar maximum in around the year 2013.

However, today the solar physics division of the American Astronomical Society announced that the  solar maximum following the one in 2013 is probably not going to be very active if it happens at all. It seems the Sun is going through a period of dormancy. If this turns out to be true, there is likely to be colder weather on Earth. This may act to combat the man-made global warming we have caused with our petrochemical excesses.

I am not a particularly religious person but I consider myself to be very spiritual. In the words of Robert Monroe, I certainly have experienced that “I am more than my physical body.” I can’t help thinking that it is possible that a power greater than me has had a hand in this and is saving humanity and the other life on this planet from the excesses of mankind. I do not know the identity of this power, if it is a deity or an advanced alien civilization one hundred thousand years ahead of our own that somehow has a vested interest in our survival. Maybe I am simply a romantic to consider such a notion but I have experienced first hand that there are other beings in our midst that are intangible to most of us in our 4D world.

Even if that turns out to be the case, long solar minimums are not without their downsides. Consider if you will the Maunder Minimum spanning from 1645 to 1715 which ushered in a mini-ice age. If the weather becomes sufficiently colder it will impact agricultural output and we all know what substantially less food would mean in a world already struggling with famine and overpopulation.

sunspotless sun copy


This is a follow-up on a previous post

Spiritual Musings on the Current Solar Minimum

about the longest solar minimum in modern history.  It seems that the solar minimum is still in full swing with 217 sunspotless days thus far (as of 10/07/09) in 2009 after 266  sunspotless days in 2008. Now scientists are beginning to wonder if the sun is changing dramatically because it’s brightness has dropped perceptibly. The sun’s magnetism is lessening and its current sheet is flattening. The solar wind has lessened as well, which allows more cosmic rays to enter our solar system. Are these things part of a natural cycle? This is not clear since instruments to measure such things as solar wind are relatively new. But the drop in solar radiance (brightness) can cause less warmth in the upper atmosphere, thereby slowing global warming and suggesting a possible Universal intervention in human affairs as I posited in my previous post. More cosmic rays however are not so benign. They can make space travel more dangerous for terrestrial life forms (i.e. humans, monkeys and dogs) sent into space and can also disable unmanned space vehicles.

Nearly as amazing as the complex activities of our star is the lack of awareness and interest on the part of the general public. The behavior of our sun and the space weather it generates almost surely impact our lives on a dramatic level. Yet these stories receive little press in the major media. My advice is to visit regularly to get a perspective of what is going on.

On that site today, I found out that there will be an impact of  the Moon by NASA’s nuclear armed LCROSS spacecraft and its Centaur booster rocket Friday morning, Oct. 9th, at approximately 7:30 a.m. EDT. The mission purportedly is to investigate subsurface water on our satellite.  Coincidentally, I have been reading Ingo Swann’s book Penetration about his very unusual adventures remote viewing the Moon. He posits many startling things including activities on the Moon by extraterrestrial beings. If he is correct and they are still present, they will not be pleased with Friday morning’s impact, since composition of the Moon has been found to be less dense than that of the Earth and the impact might cause a reverberation on the sphere. What if the Moon’s orbit is changed? Danger!  Will Robinson, Danger! Well, meteors have been hitting the moon for millennia so maybe not.


credit:NASA skylab

credit:NASA skylab



There have been very few sunspots on the sun for the last two years. So far it has been cool for late Spring in the greater New York City area. These two facts may be related.

Sunspots are magnetic storms that well up from the solar depths to the surface of the sun. It is believed that jet streams within the sun are responsible for sunspots appearing on the surface. Coronal mass ejections and the related solar flares are associated with sunspots. Historically sunspots wax and wane in eleven year cycles, though this is variable. The low point when there are few sunspots is known as the solar minimum and the high point of a cycle is called the solar maximum. We are now in a deep solar minimum. The year 2008 had the fewest sunspots since 1913.

During a solar maximum, the next of which was predicted for 2012, there is much solar magnetic activity in the form of sunspots and often solar flares and coronal mass ejections. There is disagreement among scientists as to whether this coming solar maximum will actually happen in 2012, because we are currently in a deep solar minimum and whether or not it will be a mild solar maximum. When the solar maximums are severe they can disrupt life on earth, particularly within our electrical grid. A high solar maximum replete with coronal mass ejections can cause power outages due to melting of the transformers within the electrical power grid. If you think of everything in our culture that we use that is dependent on electricity, you can imagine how severe such an event could be. Unlike a typical power outage, which can usually be fixed within a few days, melted transformers could take a long time to replace, especially if the problem were widespread. To get an idea of what might happen we need to study the great geomagnetic storm of May 1921 and the Carrington Event of August-September 1859. As dire as those events were, a similar event today would cause greater devastation due to the obvious fact that we use so much more electricity today compared to then. In 1859 there was virtually no dependence on electricity at all. The upside of solar flares are beautiful bright auroras observed close to the poles.

Getting back to solar minimums: There were few sunspots observed during a time in the second part of the 17th Century called the Maunder Minimum. This time was also known as the Little Ice Age. It is believed by most solar scientists that when there are few sunspots and few solar flares less energy reaches the Earth from the Sun and therefore lower general temperatures result. Does this mean that global warming is not true? No! Solar weather is a different force put upon the Earth’s climate than manmade global warming. It is unlikely that the current solar minimum will last long enough to vastly affect the results of manmade global warming. Obviously if the Sun’s output dramatically changed that could end life on Earth. However such changes usually occur in geologic time across millenia, in other words, very, very slowly. 

Is it possible that some being or entity is giving us a second chance to remedy global warming? I wonder if either a Supreme Being, or the emotional energy of this biosphere called Earth (Gaia and the other living entities on Earth including humanity) or the influence of an advanced alien culture interested in the preservation of a habitable planet is exercising influence on our star the Sun, giving us, the foolish and myopic human race a second chance to fix the global warming problem we created?