Saturday, September 12, 2020

This looks interesting!


Tracking Our Next Solar Cycle
The Sun goes through regular cycles of activity approximately every 11 years, and tracking these cycles is a key part of better understanding the Sun and mitigating its impacts on human technology and astronauts in space.

Join scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for a special episode of NASA Science Live on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. EDT as they discuss predictions for the upcoming solar cycle. The public can send questions during the event using #AskNASA on Twitter or by leaving a comment in the chat section on Facebook.

If you have the time and are available, this looks like it may be well worth it. I will even try to listen in the background from work.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!


  1. Geoff Powell, g8kbz5:15 AM


    Your link was blocked by UBlock Origin, as a tracker site. It would have been better to link direct to the site, which is

    (and if I could work out how to make that a link, I would)

    Geoff, G8KBZ

  2. Predicting solar activity is more a matter of informed guesswork rather than a science that that reached that degree of ability. For example, forecasting a mere three days ahead yesterday, NOAA listed a Kp of 1-2 for that period. The reality? Kp=6, staying at Kp~4 for several hours after that on the first day of the forecast! It's often the case that I can predict the situation more accurately by ignoring the forecasts and assessing the situation myself.

    People are working hard, but there is no way that anybody has reached the point of remotely reliable solar cycle predictions as yet.