BREAKING NEWS: Why Have Sunspots Diminished at a Time of Solar Max


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The number of sunspots has diminished to almost zero over the last few days which is causing a puzzling buzz through the solar scientist community. We are currently in a period of “solar maximum” which historically has been a time of extensive solar activity.
In an image taken last…

The number of sunspots has diminished to almost zero over the last few days which is causing a puzzling buzz through the solar scientist community. We are currently in a period of “solar maximum” which historically has been a time of extensive solar activity.

In an image taken last Friday by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, you can see a very small area which would be the early stages of a developing single sunspot. Normally, this would be a time of sunspot regions over much of the Sun’s central meridian and southern hemisphere.

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Some astronomers call it the Big Quiet – the absence of sunspots during what is supposed to be a period of heightened magnetic activity on our Sun.

“Sunspots can change all the time, but when you should be seeing many dozens at any one point of time, it’s quite strange that we’re not seeing any at all,” said Alan Duffy, an astrophysicist at Swinburne University. “We don’t have any idea why that is.”

Sunspots have been studied for centuries and are one gauge of the solar cycle – a roughly 11-year period of above- or below-average magnetic activity. During maximum periods, such as the current one, observations of sunspots and solar flares being fired by the Sun should be more common.

Viewers of the World Cup, for instance, would have been grateful for the relative lack of interference of energetic bursts of radiation normally associated with solar-maximum periods that can force satellites to shut down and interfere with other electronics.

Less fortunate, though, are tourists who have headed to the Arctic Circle to view the usually spectacular northern lights, or Aurora Borealis. If you had traveled to the North Pole on one of the very expensive trips to see the northern lights, you would probably be asking for a refund because the absence of such awe-inspiring majestic swirling lights would be quite the letdown.

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Scientists have been studying the effects of maximum and minimum periods of the Sun’s 11 year cycle and its correlation to Earth’s climate for decades. More recently, the science community now realizes a direct casual effect of the Sun’s fluctuating solar activity as it relates to Earth’s weather – which is measured in hours, days, and weeks.

The latest report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change noted “there are indications the Earth’s magnetic field is diminishing” which is allowing more charged particles to hit the Earth having an impact on atmosphere, ocean and surface temperatures, and the Earth’s core.

Interest in the role of the Sun in driving climate change gathered momentum after the 1960s when researchers identified a period known as the Maunder Minimum, a duration of low sunspot activity between 1645 and 1715.

That period coincided with the Little Ice Age, a time when Earth experienced a drop in temperatures of about half a degree compared with the start of the 20th century, according to Steve Sherwood, a professor specializing in atmospheric climate dynamics, also at the UNSW.

In recent years scientists have begun to verify the impact of mantle plumes, volcanic activity, shifting ocean currents, atmospheric variance and other factors which play an important role in the study of warming and cooling trends in climate.

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