Science and Technology : Calm solar cycle prompts questions about impact on Earth

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  1. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    Calm solar cycle prompts questions about impact on Earth


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    Washington (AFP) - The surface of the sun has been surprisingly calm of late -- with fewer sunspots than anytime in in the last century -- prompting curious scientists to wonder just what it might mean here on Earth.
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    Sunspots have been observed for millennia -- first by Chinese astronomers and then, for the first time with a telescope, by Galileo in 1610.
    The sunspots appear in roughly 11-year cycles -- increasing to a daily flurry and then subsiding drastically, before amping up again.
    But this cycle -- dubbed cycle 24 -- has surprised scientists with its sluggishness.
    http://news.yahoo.com/calm-solar-cycle-prompts-questions-impact-earth-213912384.html [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for sharing. The article mentioned something I was wondering about.

    "But this time, something different seems to be happening. The north pole already reversed its polarity several months ago -- and so it's now the same polarity as the south pole."

    About two weeks ago I was out early before dawn, used my star finder app and it indicated that Polaris was in the southwestern hemisphere at that time in the morning.

    This article confirms that finding.
     
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    No problem bro. Omowale Jabali, glad it helped; as usual, I see you are on top of it:). That point also struck me as strange, the reverse polarity issue. Again, its good to know that we are double checking the reports provided by scientist and the like.

     
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    It's talking about the reverse polarity of the sun, not the earth, but this gets confusing because I have read that a reversal of the sun's poles can cause a similar effect on earth. One more thing. The North Star Polaris is losing mass. So, no one knows how long it will take but this planet is due for some major climatic changes.
     
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    ... right, right ..., sounds like the laws of entropy :thinking:
     
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    Thanks for sharing this, its pretty clear, either next year or not:

    Scientist predicts Earth is heading for another Ice Age - next year!
     
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