An optimal method for determining the time of the minimum of the 23rd solar cycle, July 2008
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The time of the minimum of the solar cycle is usually determined by the minimum of the average monthly sunspot number smoothed over 13 months, i.e., with a large time delay, not earlier than eight months after the event. A new optimal method which allows one to establish the time of the minimum of the cycle as early as four months after the event is proposed. In the new method, the indicator of the time of a cycle minimum is the time of reaching the minimum level of average monthly values of the solar constant after which four succeeding values of this constant are larger than the pre-ceding minimum level. It is shown that the minimum of the past 23rd solar cycle took place in July, and the new 24th cycle started in August 2008.
KeywordsSolar Cycle Celestial Body 24th Cycle Cycle Minimum Solar Constant
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