Sunday, February 15, 2009

Conspiring to control space weather

There's a pretty good discussion over on Watts Up With That? regarding the failure of Solar Cycle 24 to get up and go yet, something which has somewhat confounded stellar physicists so far.  Given the relatively high importance of the solar cycle to amateur radio operators, or at least those who operate in HF, we tend to be aware of the solar cycle, and talk about it quite a bit.

However, what got me was the discussion about vested interests lobbying scientists to predict higher solar activity levels than the data would otherwise support; in short, the allegation that elements (at NASA or elsewhere) are being influenced to predict relatively high solar activity levels.  Is there nothing that big business won't stick its big fat nose into and tamper with just to make a few extra bucks?