For many months our nearest star has been incredibly quiet with regard to sunspot and CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) activity. Proton and electron flux has also been quiet. This is somewhat strange, since in 2012 it will reach the peak (solar max) of the 11 year solar activity cycle. Strangely enough, we haven’t observed a corresponding increase in sunspot activity which was expected to increase about a year ago.
The chart below shows just how quiet and relatively uneventful proton and electron emissions have been.
…we so no real increase in sunspot activity. There are however, very unusual right-angled patterns that have appeared with no explanation.