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Extended Solar Minimum Linked to Changes in Sun's Conveyor Belt


August 12, 2010

solar cycle of the sun over an 11 year period A new analysis of the unusually long solar cycle that ended in 2008 suggests that one reason for the long cycle could be a stretching of the sun's conveyor belt, a current of plasma that circulates between the sun's equator and its poles. The results should help scientists better understand the factors controlling the timing of solar cycles and could lead to better predictions. Full Story

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National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

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