Sister Lucia was one of the three children that were at the center of the Fatima event (Portugal in 1917). She lived a long, long, long time. She passed away in 2005. There have been many interesting connections between the Sun’s behavior and the Fatima Miracle – and yet another one might be drawn with her death and the behavior of the Sun in 2005.
For those of us that follow the “WattsUpWithThat” blog, you might be aware that the Sun changed its behavior since 2005. You can see information relating to this discussion with this post: Sun’s Fading Spots Signal Big Drop in Solar Activity. The primary thrust of that post is summarized by the following quote:
“If we are right, this could be the last solar maximum we’ll see for a few decades,” Hill said. “That would affect everything from space exploration to Earth’s climate.”
The following chart is taken from that post.
The author of this post – Anthony Watts, is a someone interested in the study of the Sun. And, when the AP Index (an indication of Solar Activity) showed that it dropped off a cliff, he took notice. Ever since 2005, the Sun’s behavior has been very different, and very sluggish.
This runs counter to almost all of the predictions of solar activity before 2005. In fact, there is another blog post that shows how long it took scientist to catch on to the fact that the Sun had fundamentally changed from its previous regular pattern. You can find that information here: History of Cycle 24 Predictions. In that post, what you will notice as that NASA scientists continually over-predict the activity of the sun. Even in December of 2006, NASA scientists were still saying,
According to their analysis, the next Solar Maximum should peak around 2010 with a sunspot number of 160 plus or minus 25. This would make it one of the strongest solar cycles of the past fifty years—which is to say, one of the strongest in recorded history.
It was a full 2 years after this dramatic change in the behavior in the Sun, and still the top experts remained confused. Anyone tracking the Sun today will know that the current Sunspot Cycle 24 is one of the weakest in history.