What’s going on with the sun? Scientists puzzled by oddities in sunspot cycle

The Sun

The sun has been acting strangely of late, prompting some solar physicists to suggest that once current sunspot activity peaked, which appeared to happen last fall, it could tank and remain that way for several decades.

A prolonged period with few or no spots would have a slight, temporary cooling effect on Earth’s climate and a general calming effect on space weather, which would be good news for astronauts and satellites.

Recent observations of the sun show that, yes, it’s still acting in a peculiar way for this point in its 11-year sunspot cycle.

But as cautious as scientists were in 2009, when they first raised the possibility of a looming so-called grand minimum, those earlier suggestions have given way to shrugs of “who knows?”

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1 thought on “What’s going on with the sun? Scientists puzzled by oddities in sunspot cycle”

  1. Look in the Southern Hemisphere sky. There might be asteroids coming in from the outer solar system in comet like orbits. Though I have no idea of the physics, it is possible that new material added to the raw energy of the Sun could be causing the sunspots. This is just a wild guess of course.

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