Thursday, June 18, 2009

Who ordered sunspots?

A while back, I talked about the possibility of a new Little Ice Age thanks in large part to a lack of sunspot activity on the sun leading to less solar activity and therefore cooler temps back on Earth. Well, so much for that.

I'm no expert on helioseismology, but apparently some people are, because a group of scientists used that technique to study a jet stream through the interior of the sun. This jet stream is one of the sources of sunspot activity, according to the scientists. Once this jet stream reachs 22 degrees latitude, an uptick in sunspot activity is generated. Guess what? The jet stream is creeping closer. If everything works as expected, we'll see increased sunspot activity.

No wholly mammoths for you.

No comments: