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Originally posted by stereologist
reply to post by murkraz
The Sun cycle is 11 years. That's 9 cycles a century. Likely been happening for billions of years.
What is there that makes this cycle any different? For one it is expected to be below average in activity.
Where does this come from?
The big difference today is that the sun is being studied closely and we can see these things happen. A while back people were blissfully unaware of such solar activity and it went unnoticed because it has no affect on life on Earth. Satellites and a large power grid can be damaged.
It seems that this real time viewing of the Sun gives scientists information about the Sun and gives worriers something else to fret about.