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Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Sun's Great Conveyor Running at Record Speed (msn.com)

rubycodez writes: The scarcity of sunspots in the last three years might be explained by the Great Conveyor belts of the Sun moving at never before seen speed. It was until recently thought that faster motion of the plasma streams would cause higher solar activity, but instead this has coincided with a deep solar minimum. Even more puzzling is a second abnormality, that the bottom of the conveyor is moving at a record slow speed. Though not at all addressed in the article, if we understand so very little about the Sun, and have been so horribly wrong about predicting peak and weak cycles, what does that say about our ability to model climate, which after all is driven by the Sun?

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