Sun exhibiting the more unusual, erratic behavior in recorded history?

November 11, 2013 SPACESomething is up with the sun. Scientists say that solar activity is stranger than in a century or more, with the sun producing barely half the number of sunspots as expected and its magnetic poles oddly out of sync. The sun generates immense magnetic fields as it spins. Sunspots—often broader in diameter than Earth—mark areas of intense magnetic force that brew disruptive solar storms. These storms may abruptly lash their charged particles across millions of miles of space toward Earth, where they can short-circuit satellites, smother cellular signals or damage electrical systems. Based on historical records, astronomers say the sun this fall ought to be nearing the explosive climax of its approximate 11-year cycle of activity—the so-called solar maximum. But this peak is “a total punk,” said Jonathan Cirtain, who works at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as project scientist for the Japanese satellite Hinode, which maps solar magnetic fields. “I would say it is the weakest in 200 years,” said David Hathaway, head of the solar physics group at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Researchers are puzzled. They can’t tell if the lull is temporary or the onset of a decades-long decline, which might ease global warming a bit by altering the sun’s brightness or the wavelengths of its light. 
There is no scientist alive who has seen a solar cycle as weak as this one,” said Andrés Munoz-Jaramillo, who studies the solar-magnetic cycle at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. To complicate the riddle, the sun also is undergoing one of its oddest magnetic reversals on record. Normally, the sun’s magnetic north and south poles change polarity every 11 years or so. During a magnetic-field reversal, the sun’s polar magnetic fields weaken, drop to zero, and then emerge again with the opposite polarity. As far as scientists know, the magnetic shift is notable only because it signals the peak of the solar maximum, said Douglas Biesecker at NASA’s Space Environment Center. But in this cycle, the sun’s magnetic poles are out of sync, solar scientists said. The sun’s north magnetic pole reversed polarity more than a year ago, so it has the same polarity as the South Pole. “The delay between the two reversals is unusually long,” said solar physicist Karel Schrijver at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif.  Scientists said they are puzzled, but not concerned, by the unusual delay. They expect the sun’s South Pole to change polarity next month, based on current satellite measurements of its shifting magnetic fields. At the same time, scientists can’t explain the scarcity of sunspots. While still turbulent, the sun seems feeble compared with its peak power in previous decades. “It is not just that there are fewer sunspots, but they are less active sunspots,” Dr. Schrijver said. However, the sun isn’t idle: After months of quiescence, it unleashed vast streams of charged particles into space five times in as many days last month, and flared again last week. Even so, these outbursts exhibited a fraction of the force of previous solar maximums. -WSJ
Book quote: “The sun’s erratic behavior in solar cycle 24 has been anomalous at best. The sun is not conforming to any previous past models. Predicting what could happen next in the near future has turned into a bit of a guessing game.” -The Extinction Protocol, page 87, 2009
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10 Responses to Sun exhibiting the more unusual, erratic behavior in recorded history?

  1. Dennis E. says:

    Are we heading towards to what some people have called ” A cold Sun”?
    A period of low/inactive sunspots resulting in lower temperatures on earth.
    A mini ice age?

    Just pondering that thought.

  2. Irene C says:

    You pretty much hit that nail right on the head in your book. Thank you Alvin for keeping us informed.

  3. Reblogged this on Willow Andreasson's Journey Into The Mysteries of Life and commented:
    Fascinating and thought-provoking article from the Space.com crew, kindly shared with us by Alvin of the always informative Extinction Protocol Blog (thank you Alvin). Given that changes are affecting the Solar System as a whole, would it be unreasonable to assume that our majestic Star may be undergoing significant changes of its own…?

  4. Kaos says:

    FYI

    Updated 11/12/2013 @ 02:45 UTC
    Growing Sunspot
    Region 1897 is rotating into view off the southeast limb. Rapid spot growth is being observed in the circled location (See solarham.com). Will this active region become the next big flare producer? Stay tuned to find out. Imagery by SDO/HMI.
    -solarham

    Kaos

  5. Chris says:

    If we are heading towards a cold sun, so to speak, we better start burning more fossil fuels and get some amount of greenhouse effect going. Give tax breaks to companies who produce hydro carbon output.

  6. tonic says:

    Any changes in the Suns magnetic field will effect the bodies orbiting it. The amount of change will depend on the gravity of that body. And climate cannot escape change either.
    The Sun is the powerhouse of the Solar System and any changes in power output must have some effects, on the bodies that orbit it.
    Our society is driven by magnetism. Be it electric motors, or transformers.
    Maybe we should not ignore the Suns potential or influence in this field of science. Electricity and magnetism are partners, not only on Earth.

  7. taffyduff says:

    So does this mean that the Northern hemisphere could be heading for a cold dark winter ?

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