Solar maximum? Oh, you just missed it

Last Updated on 28 September 2012

Regular readers will know of my interest in solar activity. I'm excited to say that things have taken a new twist. I have a new story published over at New Scientist that explains all:


"WAITING for solar fireworks to reach a grand finale next year? Um, sorry, looks like you already missed them. Structures in the sun's corona indicate that the peak in our star's latest cycle of activity has been and gone, at least in its northern hemisphere.

The southern hemisphere, meanwhile, is on a sluggish rise to solar maximum and may not hit its peak until 2014.

This bizarre asymmetry strengthens a theory that has been bubbling among sun watchers for the past few years: our star is headed for hibernation. Having the sun's outbursts turned off for a while would provide a better baseline for studying how they influence Earth's climate. ..."


You can read the full story here.

Written on Friday, 28 September 2012 16:56 by Stuart Clark

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