CNN reports that a government panel charged with forecasting the next sunspot cycle predict that
the current solar cycle will probably end next March, when Solar Cycle 24 will begin. That will mean Cycle 23 lasted 12 years, slightly longer than the usual 11-year cycle.
They are divided, however, on when the peak of the next cycle will occur. According to the report, “Half of the specialists predicted a moderately strong cycle of 140 sunspots expected to peak in October of 2011, while the rest called for a moderately weak cycle of 90 sunspots peaking in August of 2012.”