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Originally posted by justsomeboreddude
reply to post by cautiouslypessimistic
I never said it was going to happen. The article never said it was going to happen. We all understand it is something that they are considering. It just seems like something you should take off the list, because its probably not a very good idea.
Solar minimum is the period of least solar activity in the solar cycle of the sun. During this time, sunspot and solar flare activity diminishes, and often does not occur for days at a time. The date of the minimum is described by a smoothed average over 12 months of sunspot activity, so identifying the date of the solar minimum usually can only happen 6 months after the minimum takes place. Solar minimum is contrasted with the solar maximum, where there may be hundreds of sunspots.
Solar minimums and maximums are the two extremes of the sun's 11-year activity cycle. At a maximum, the sun is peppered with sunspots, solar flares erupt, and the sun hurls billion-ton clouds of electrified gas into space.