Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Did Cthuluesque Crop Circle Prophesy New Sun Spot Activity?

{HPL to Derleth, 25 October 1926] As to the supernatural - there is no harm in each person's believing whatever his appraisal of the evidence before him prompts him to believe; and no lack of dignity in changing opinion when data warrants it.

Chrispy doubts that there is any true connection to the following, but it makes for great stimulation of the horror imagination.


Sun Spot of 8 July 2009

The Infamous Squid Crop Circle

A sunspot that suddenly appeared on July 3rd, 2009 was thought by some to support the crop circle prediction that there'd be a major solar storm today, July 7th. However, is reporting that Sunspot 1024 is decaying and solar flare activity is subsiding, so the prediction doesn't appear to be panning out, even though it's the most activity the quiet sun has had in the last two years.


It's true, we've had a spectacular minima of sun spot activity, and suddenly they have reappeared. In Lovecraft's day they had little idea, and though we are a century beyond, it still has us at a loss to fully explain the astrophysical mechanism of maxima and minima.

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