Sun's Fading Spots Signal Big Drop in Solar Activity

If the models prove accurate and the trends continue, the implications could be far-reaching.

"If we are right, this could be the last solar maximum we'll see for a few decades," Hill said. "That would affect everything from space exploration to Earth's climate." Full Story »

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by Roland F. Hirsch - Jun. 29, 2011

This news article is excellent journalism. The author provides extensive scientific context that is for the most part understandable without being an expert in the topic of solar activity. The delay in the current solar cycle, which was pointed out by scientists two years ago is now leading to more dramatic and unexpected changes in the sun's activity. As climate scientists have explained, the recent cooling of temperatures worldwide could be due to changes in solar activity. This is mentioned at the end. Well written.

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