(Staring, Blankly: The solar disk with no sunspot activity. Credit: NASA)
“As perplexing as it may sound, solar researchers are predicting the sun is about to fall into the doldrums,again.”
“Despite all the incredible solar flare action we’ve seen in recent months as our nearest star ramps up toward solar maximum predicted to occur in 2013, scientists are predicting the next solar cycle (Cycle 25) will be notable in that it might not even happen.”
“This is highly unusual and unexpected,” Frank Hill, associate director of the NSO’s Solar Synoptic Network, said in a conference press release. “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.”
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