The Enigma of Sunspots: A Story of Space Weather
Space weather effects us in all kinds of ways. Sunspots, the strange and elusive dark shapes that periodically sweep across the Sun’s surface, have mystified people for centuries, and also effected our lives in countless ways. Given their elusive cyclical nature and the fact that it is both painful and dangerous to observe the Sun directly, it is little wonder that records of sunspots were almost nonexistent in Europe before the seventeenth century. Today such solar emissions are thought to coincide with major effects in global weather patterns. It may be that this powerful phenomena holds a key to our understanding of the nature of the Sun.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at April 15, 2008 8:35 AM