Japanese Researchers Suggest Cycle 24 Could Be The Start Of A New Maunder Minimum

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The Asahi Shimbun* reports that “Officials of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and the Riken research foundation said on April 19 that the activity of sunspots appeared to resemble a 70-year period in the 17th century in which London’s Thames froze over and cherry blossoms bloomed later than usual in Kyoto. The sun may be entering a period of reduced activity that could result in lower temperatures on Earth, according to Japanese researchers. “ They are suggesting that solar Cycle 24 is the beginning of an era similar to the Maunder Minimum.

A solar cycle usually lasts about 11 years.  During the cycle, the poles switch polarity at about the time of the solar maximum.   Many scientists are predicting that Cycle 24’s maximum will occur about May of 2013. However, the Japanese researchers found signs of unusual magnetic changes in the sun. They report that the solar observation satellite…

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