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If the sun goes into ‘hibernation,’ it won’t stop global warming: via @grist

If the sun goes into ‘hibernation,’ it won’t stop global warming: via @grist

As the current sunspot cycle, Cycle 24, begins to ramp up toward maximum, independent studies of the solar interior, visible surface, and the corona indicate that the next 11-year solar sunspot cycle, Cycle 25, will be greatly reduced or may not happen at all. The results were announced at the annual meeting of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society, which is being held this week at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. "This is highly unusual and unexpected," Dr. Frank Hill, associate director of the National Solar Observatory's Solar Synoptic Network, said of the results. "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." ... All three of these lines of research to point to the familiar sunspot cycle shutting down for a whil...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-06-16-if-sun-goe...

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