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  1. There is data before the 90's (flare data since 1976), but less detailled than it is now and the correlation between both is still with a big margin. But still, the cause can be due to many factors including UV radiation and effects of the life at Earth itself. It would be more interesting to see a study that relates to very strong solar events and see if that had an impact, because that study only suggest there could be some kind of influence. The opposite could be studied as well because when solar activity is very low, there is an increase in cosmic rays and that can also bring an influence on the Earth's environment and maybe also on humans. If there really was a big influence that sunspot regions where a cause, then there would be spikes visible in the data during periods of intense solar flares, intense radiation storms and during strong geomagnetic events (for example radiation events of October 2003, November 2001, October 1989, March 1991, or very strong geomagnetic storms of September 1941, December 1960, March 1989, or very strong flare events like October 2003, August 1989, April 2001, July 1978). Unfortunately I don't see that in the study, so that's why I don't believe sunspot regions (on what the sunspot number is based on) are a cause of effect on Earth. With that said, I did not say that the Sun itself doesn't have an effect on Earth.
  2. Regarding to your link... In the past (pre 90's) there where no satellites that measured the X-ray of the Sun and there where only Sunspot Regions to get an idea of either their complexity and solar activity. So the only interpretation for such a correlation for a long timeframe are sunspot regions (those where already counted since early years), but then you encounter a lot of difficulties because sunspots don't tell the whole story because you don't know if that sunspot region did cause a coronal mass ejection and whether that CME had impact on Earth. So that's a lot of noise in the data that can't be filtered out and you can only make an assumption that there would be an effect. Using data from geomagnetic storms can pinpoint to those active periods in which the Earth is influenced by a coronal hole or coronal mass ejection and see if during those periods there are effects on human beings. So the sunspot regions itself don't have an influence on us, but it's rather the complex geomagnetic storms coming from coronal mass ejections that could have an effect on human beings. But science data is still limited to the last few decades and is too narrow to get the full impact.
  3. Sunspot numbers only relate to the Sun itself and it's activity, it has nothing to do with stres level on humans. A higher sunspot number only indicates a higher level of active regions on the Earth facing solar side and it follows a pattern that's called the Solar Cycle with a span of about 11 years where you have years with a very low sunspot number (and the sun is in solar minimum with less to no activity) and rises as the solar cycle progresses to peak and eventually decline again to a new solar minimum. Nothing more and nothing less.
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    Please us English as language, we do Not offer support for other languages! Niburu is fake, so it is NOT nearing the Sun.
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    A few months ago we launched the new version of the website with an all new look and improved interface which made SpaceWeatherLive future proof (read more about this here). But there was one major thing we had to work on in the background, and that's our all new frontpage. After months of building, rebuilding, thinking out of the box, testing, translating, ... . In short here's what's new: Ditched Wing Kp completely because we all know it isn't reliable during storms Introduced new NOAA Estimated Kp meter, based on true readings of magnetometer stations, it gets updated every three hours and also when threshold is reached Geomagnetic predictions are no longer in the side bar, these are now merged on the auroral activity tab Hemispheric power has been added More magnetometers Moved proton flux and EPAM to solar activity Daily sunspot data (sunspot number, new regions) now shows the difference (if any) of the past day Added 10.7cm radio flux Loads of extra information added Improved user experience, also for mobile users ... Read the full announcement here
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    Kuremaa Windmill 18.03.2018

    Nice pictures! Was a great storm 😊👍
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    Help translate SpaceWeatherLive into your language

    Non-latin character languages will be something we'll implement in the future, we will focus first on some new features before we will Digg into the non-latin character languages.
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    Help translate SpaceWeatherLive into your language

    That would be our 11th language if you help us out with Latvian language! We have send you a PM to get started.
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    Help translate SpaceWeatherLive into your language

    we've send you a private message
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    Tutorialvideo: Hoe maak je een foto van het poollicht

    Leuke en informatieve video! We hebben het intussen gedeeld op onze Poollicht.be Facebook pagina en dit topic vastgeprikt zodoende het goed zichtbaar blijft voor iedereen.
  11. SpaceWeatherLive is proud to present it’s brand new version of the website! For the last few months we’ve been very hard at work behind the scenes rewriting (literally) all of the pages to improve the whole website in many ways. Together with all the improvements in speed, code and a bunch of other stuff we also got a modernised look and feel for the whole site. Another thing you’ll notice is that we have dropped the wing Kp in the alerts on the site as it’s pretty unreliable. As replacement we use observed Kp index of NOAA when threshold is reached. Another new site alert will be coronal holes, we’ve tweeted those for a long time but now it’s also displayed on the site. Our new coronal hole page is also finished and can be found under the solar activity menu. There’s a lot more to discover, we have made lots of small and bigger changes everywhere so browse around to discover them! SpaceWeatherLive is now available in eight languages, thanks to the hard work of volunteers over the world that provided the translations. We now made it easier to translate our website and to maintain it. If you like to help out in improving a language or you want to provide a whole new language, contact us and we’ll get you going. We still have some more ideas that we’re working on that require some more time and testing but that’s for future updates. As with all major updates, stuff can go wrong. If something is broke or isn’t displayed like it should, please let us know in the comments! PS.: with all optimisations for a website for the future, we made some sacrifices like dropping support for ancient browsers (like IE8+9 and iOS<7).
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    Downtime Thursday January 18th

    Tomorrow, Thursday January 18th, there will be a planned downtime of our website starting from 15:00 UTC. This maintenance downtime is needed to fix the spectre And meltdown issues and is done at node level from our service provider. The expected maintenance downtime will be one hour.
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    solar wind stream data

    Because it isn't anymore on the SWPC json data feed, it isn't available anymore. Our live data gets overwritten, only the last 12 hours are in there because normally the rest would be in our archive. ACE data is available (see attachement) but also has a data gap, but not that big. DSCVR data can be obtained from https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/dscovr/portal/index.html#/ 20180115_ace_swepam_1m.txt 20180115_ace_mag_1m.txt
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    solar wind stream data

    What I can say is that our live data is handled differently from the archived version. Meaning that if NOAA decides that data is invalid and removes it from their files, it will still be in our live data. In the archived version that isn’t the case. So source is same, but method is differently
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    solar wind stream data

    Thank you for your report. Well look into it more detailed this evening. Live data is relatively unfiltered and not finalised data. Normally SWPC does some post processing which causes differences in archived data and real-time data.

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