Research Spotlight: Changes in Sun's plasma conveyor belt affect solar cycle

Authors

  • Leslie Ofori,

  • Ernie Tretkoff


Abstract

The Sun goes through cycles lasting approximately 11 years that include phases with increased magnetic activity, more sunspots, and more solar flares, and phases with less activity. The level of activity on the Sun can affect navigation and communications systems on Earth. Puzzlingly, solar cycle 23, which ended recently, lasted longer than previous cycles, with a prolonged phase of low activity that scientists had difficulty explaining.

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