“DEAD AS A DOORNAIL:” More on those missing sunspots. “Most solar physicists do not think anything that odd is going on with the Sun. With the recent burst of sunspots, ‘I don’t see we’re going into that,’ Dr. Hathaway said last week. Still, something like the Dalton Minimum — two solar cycles in the early 1800s that peaked at about an average of 50 sunspots — lies in the realm of the possible, Dr. Hathaway said.”