The number of days that have not had a sunspot this year now exceeds 200. To find a year with more blank suns, you have to go back to 1954, when the sun was blank 241 times.
So, Astronomers who count sunspots have announced that 2008 is now the "blankest year" of the Space Age.
In fact, if the current trend continues, 2008 could total 290 spotless days by the end of December, making it nearly a century since we have seen such a lack of activity fom our sun.
In addition, the quiet sun coincides with the dimmest sun scientists have ever recorded, and a low in solar wind pressure.