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Sun Goes Longer Than Normal
Without Producing Sunspots 

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.9 Jun 08 - Approximately 100 scientists gathered at an international solar conference at Montana State University to talk about "Solar Variability, Earth's Climate and the Space Environment."

“The scientists said periods of inactivity are normal for the sun, but this period has gone on longer than usual … and scientists aren't sure why”

"It continues to be dead," said Saku Tsuneta with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, program manager for the Hinode solar mission. "That's a small concern, a very small concern."

“Dana Longcope, a solar physicist at MSU, said the sun usually operates on an 11-year cycle with maximum activity occurring in the middle of the cycle. Minimum activity generally occurs as the cycles change.

“The last cycle reached its peak in 2001 and is believed to be just ending now, Longcope said. The next cycle is just beginning and is expected to reach its peak sometime around 2012.

“Tsuneta said solar physicists aren't like weather forecasters; They can't predict the future. In the past, they observed that the sun once went 50 years without producing sunspots. That period, from approximately 1650 to 1700, occurred during the middle of a little ice age on Earth that lasted from as early as the mid-15th century to as late as the mid-19th century.”

               They may not be concerned, but I am.

See entire story:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080609124551.htm
Thanks to Jimmy Walter, Craig Adkins and Steven Woodcock for this link

See also: The sun is blank - no sunspots  - 26 Dec 07 



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