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Sunspot hibernation?

Post by daxi on Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:12 pm

US scientists say the familiar sunspot cycle seems to be entering a hibernation period unseen since the 17th century, a pattern that could have a slight cooling effect on global temperatures. For years, scientists have been predicting the Sun would by around 2012 move into solar maximum, a period of intense flares and sunspot activity, but lately a curious calm has suggested quite the opposite.
Other experts were skeptical about whether the latest data actually predict a long-term solar minimum. “There is no compelling reason to think that the Sun is about to go into hibernation,” said Yi-Ming Wang of the Naval Research Laboratory. “On the other hand, we don’t understand the solar dynamo well enough to make any reliable prediction about what cycle 25 will be like.”

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