7-30-13 YIKES! Chunk of Sun Headed Toward Earth at 2 Million Miles an Hour
- uploaded: Jul 31, 2013
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Something is up with the sun. It has begun to behave very erratically, and scientists don't know quite what to make of it. Sunspot activity appears to be slowing down with each new cycle and absolutely gigantic holes have started to appear in the sun. At the moment, the sun is approaching the peak of its 11 year cycle, and an increasing number of scientists are becoming concerned about what the next cycle will bring. If sunspot activity continues to diminish, could the sunspot cycle eventually die altogether? Is it possible that we could be approaching another ice age? Even worse, could the increasingly erratic behavior of the sun be an indication that the sun is dying? Traditionally, scientists have taught that the sun won't die until billions of years from now, but in recent years astronomers have observed stars similar to our own sun suddenly begin to behave very erratically and then rapidly die. Is it possible that the same thing could happen to our sun? It is a fact that the current solar cycle has been the weakest in 100 years. This has many scientists searching for answers http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/newsblog/The-Weakest-So...