After two-plus years of few sunspots, even fewer solar flares, and a generally eerie calm, the sun is finally showing signs of life. “I think solar minimum is behind us,” says sunspot forecaster David Hathaway of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.His statement is prompted by an October flurry of sunspots. “Last month we counted five sunspot groups,” he says. That may not sound like much, but in a year with record-low numbers of sunspots and long stretches of utter spotlessness, five is significant. “This represents a real increase in solar activity.”
Even more significant is the fact that four of the five sunspot groups belonged to Solar Cycle 24, the long-awaited next installment of the sun’s 11-year solar cycle. “October was the first time we’ve seen sunspots from new Solar Cycle 24 outnumbering spots from old Solar Cycle 23. It’s a good sign that the new cycle is taking off.” – spacedaily
The sun was protesting the policies of George Bush, who is now officially the most unpopular president ever? 😉 The sun can now go back to generating a solar wind to shield the Earth from galactic radiation.
If you go in for the “aliens planted humans on Earth” theory, then one interesting idea is that mythology contains clues left by an advanced alien race. Ra was the Egyptian Sun god. “…thought to travel in a sun boat (The Boat of the Millions) to protect its fires from the primordial waters of the underworld it passed through during the night” – wiki
Are the “primordial waters of the underworld” code for galactic radiation?