Space Weather News for Oct. 2, 2009

HARVEST MOON: This weekend's full Moon has a special name--the Harvest Moon. It's the full
moon closest to the northern autumnal equinox (Sept. 22). In years past, farmers depended
on the light of the Harvest Moon to gather ripening crops late into the night. Now we
appreciate it mainly for its beauty. Go outside this weekend and enjoy the moonlight.

SOLAR MINIMUM RETURNS: Two sunspots, which appeared on the autumnal equinox to break
several months of extreme solar quiet, have faded away, leaving the sun blank once again.
The deepest solar minimum in nearly a hundred years appears poised to continue. NASA
spacecraft are now reporting a surge in cosmic rays around Earth caused, somewhat
ironically, by this low solar activity. The full story may be found at .