June 15, 2011

New Solar Forecast Hints at Big Chill

Alan Boyle, MSNBC


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The latest long-range space forecast predicts a prolonged drop in solar activity after the next peak — and scientists say that might cool down temperatures here on Earth, or at least slow down the warming trend a bit. 

Scientists have studied sunspots and the sun's 11-year activity cycle for 400 years, and they're getting increasingly savvy about spotting the harbingers of "space weather" years in advance, just as meteorologists can figure out what's coming after the next storm.

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TAGGED: Global Warming, Solar Flare, Solar Cycle, Space Weather

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