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Staring at the Sun

Current Solar Terrestrial Indices

Progress of Cycle 24 and Forecast for Cycle 25

Magnitudes of Three Prior Solar Cycles

This image depicts the three solar cycles that have occurred throughout my own ham radio career, from 1985 to present. Monthly predictions such as those above have been watched closely by amateur radios operators since the dawn of the world wide web. Although Dr. Hathaway retired in 2016, he continues to publish his monthly predictions on his own website. Some solar physists believe the Sun is in the process of crossing into its magnetic middle age, where its 11-year Sunspot cycles will slowly disappear entirely, with few (if any) sunspots or coronal mass ejections. Now, if only we could boil up one more Cycle 19.

Current Visible Sun Spot Regions