Monday, April 30, 2012
Officials from the national Astronomical observatory in Japan and the Riken research foundation said on April 19th that the activity of sunspots resemble a 70 year period in the 17th century in which London’s Thames froze over, and cherry blossoms bloomed a lot later than usual in Kyoto.
The ear known as the Maunder Minimum, temperatures where estimated to be around about 2.5 degrees lower than in the second half of the 20th century.
The recent Japanese study found that the trend of current sunspot activity is simmer to records from that period.
Researchers also found signs of very unusual magnetic changes in the sun. Normally the sun’s magnetic field flips about once every 11 years. In 2001, the sun's magnetic north pole, flipped to south.
Scientists have predicted that the next flip would occur in May 2013. However, the solar observation satellite Hinode found that the north pole of the sun has already started flipping, a year earlier than they expected. There is currently no noticeable change in the south pole.
If the current trend continues, the north pole could complete its flip in May 2012 but create four pole magnetic structure within our sun. with two new poles created in the vicinity of the equator of the sun.
Chris Earth Change News
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