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Mystery of the Missing Sunspots supposedly solved
Researchers announced today that a jet stream deep inside the sun is migrating slower than usual through the star's interior, giving rise to the current lack of sunspots.
The sun generates new jet streams near its poles every 11 years, say scientists at the National Solar Observatory (NSO) in Tucson, Arizona. The streams migrate slowly from the poles to the equator and when a jet stream reaches the critical latitude of 22 degrees, new-cycle sunspots begin to appear.
“The jet stream is now, finally, reaching the critical latitude, heralding a return of solar activity in the months and years ahead."
”In the months and years ahead.” How many months? How many years?
“The current solar minimum has been so long and deep, it prompted some scientists to speculate that the sun might enter a long period with no sunspot activity at all, akin to the Maunder Minimum of the 17th century. This new result (supposedly) dispels those concerns."
“There is, however, much more to learn."
"We still don't understand exactly how jet streams trigger sunspot production," says Dean Pesnell of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "Nor do we fully understand how the jet streams themselves are generated."
I’m not quite sure how this solves the
I recall a paper from several years
ago by Rhodes Fairbridge, in
Rather than a gravitational pull, I think a more likely explanation is
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“They think they will be able to
predict sunspot activity in the future,”
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