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Sunspot veteran dies at 78

The American astronomer Jack Eddy, famed for his studies on the connections between solar activity and terrestrial climate, died last Wednesday in Tucson, Arizona.

Born John Allen Eddy in 1931 in Pawnee City, Nebraska, Eddy was in 1949 appointed to the US Naval Academy where he crawled out on the roof one night to look at the stars. After graduation, he served for four years in the Korean War. In 1957 he became the first student in the astro-geophysics graduate school at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After a period of teaching he joined the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). When laid off from NCAR’s High Altitude Observatory in 1973 he was hired by NASA.

In a famous study published in 1976 in Science, Eddy demonstrated a link between unusually low solar activity and the coldest period of the so-called little ice age.

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    Suzanne Bella Land said:

    I read The Daily Telegraph obituary for Jack Eddy. What an inspiring mind! Thanks to his loyalty to his own line of questioning and curiosity, he didn’t blindly accept that all that was known about the sun and even strived to view the corona itself! His inclusion of megalithic sites and medicine wheels into the equation of consideration was a source of derision in the academic community, but that didn’t deter him.

    I wonder if the late, great John Michell (View over Atlantis, Earth Spirit, Dimensions of Paradise) paved the way for Eddy to think about megalithic sites and wonder at what they could be saying about stellar orbits and other phenomenon?

    He was a dear friend of mine.

    Without our sun, there would be no us. We don’t often ask ourselves why this is. An interesting book out right now, by Gregory Sams (‘Sun of gOd’) brings our Sun into the spotlight in a way that truly gives pause for appreciation towards our glowing benefactor. I wonder what Jack Eddy thought of solar sentience, which is what this book proposes?

    And so when such luminous minds detach from their earthly form and join the heavens which they perused so keenly with their hearts and minds, one can only imagine that their soul stuff becomes vibratory light once again, yet of a higher frequency due to the beauty that their incarnate earth visit seeded.

    We are of stardust composed…

    Suzanne Bella Land

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