Sun Power, Part 2

It was Galileo, using his newly invented telescope, who, around 1600, saw sunspots for the first time in western history. From that point forward, sunspot observations were made on a regular basis by astronomers throughout Europe. Sunspot observations had also Continue reading Sun Power, Part 2

Watch the Sun

Watching the sun could provide clues about global warming1. In 1800, William Herschel, a leading astronomer, established that the price of wheat was linked to the number of sunspots. During years of good weather wheat was plentiful and the price Continue reading Watch the Sun

Sun Spots

Sun spots can have a powerful effect on the Earth. Sun spots create magnetic storms that can threaten the grid. See A Carrington Catastrophe, January 2013. A solar storm equivalent to the 1862 Carrington event could destroy power transformers across Continue reading Sun Spots

The Cloud

The Cloud experiment at CERN has given greater credibility to the hypothesis, possibly first scientifically established in 1801 by William Herschel, that the sun affects the climate. Herschel linked sunspots with the price of wheat. He demonstrated that more sunspots Continue reading The Cloud