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14 June 2011
Some unusual solar readings, including fading sunspots and weakening magnetic activity near the poles, could be indications that our sun is preparing to be less active in the coming years.
The results of three separate studies seem to show that even as the current sunspot cycle swells toward the solar maximum, the sun could be heading into a more-dormant period, with activity during the next 11-year sunspot cycle greatly reduced or even eliminated.
"The solar cycle may be going into a hiatus," Frank Hill, associate director of the National Solar Observatory's Solar Synoptic Network, said in a news briefing today (June 14).
The studies looked at a missing jet stream in the solar interior, fading sunspots on the sun's visible surface, and changes in the corona and near the poles.
"This is highly unusual and unexpected," Hill said. "But the fact that three completely different views of the sun point in the same direction is a powerful indicator that the sunspot cycle may be going into hibernation."
I do believe there is compelling arguments for a massive mass within our system, but it appears that it is in a stable orbit far far away deep in the Oort Cloud regions (20,000-30,000 yr orbit period around our Sun - estimate). This has not been proven yet but there is plenty of circumstantial evidence to consider it reasonable.
Originally posted by ckitch
reply to post by phishyblankwaters
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