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More to Solar Cycle Than Sunspots--Sun Also Bombards Earth With High-speed Streams of Wind


September 17, 2009

solar diagram Challenging conventional wisdom, new research finds that the number of sunspots provides an incomplete measure of changes in the sun's impact on Earth over the course of the 11-year solar cycle. The sun can bombard Earth with high-speed streams of energy even in the virtual absence of sunspots. Full Story

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National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

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