New Scientist: Sleepy sun spreads slow solar wind

Last Updated on 08 January 2014

I have a short news story in New Scientist this week:


"EVEN the sun needs a break. A slowdown in solar activity has given us the first real clue about a period of dramatic solar behaviour 350 years ago.


In 2008, the sun entered a deep lull in magnetic activity. Spacecraft measurements show that this caused a belt of sluggish particles, known as the slow solar wind, to thicken. The belt is ruched like a ballerina's tutu, and Earth passes in and out of its ruches during the year. As solar activity dwindles, the belt thickens, and we spend more time passing through it. The speed of the slow solar wind affects the temperature of Earth's upper atmosphere, and impacts climate. ..."


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Written on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00 by Stuart Clark

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