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Huge Solar Flares Predicted

The sun is back with a vengeance! - Solar flares are starting up again, after a long hiatus, and they are predicted to be extraordinary.

NASA warns that the recent massive flare wasn't an anomaly, it's just the beginning. A massive solar storm is building up that could even wipe out the Earth's entire power grid. Similar...

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Solar Cycle Restarting

The solar cycle usually works like this: Every 11 years there is a period of intense solar activity. But the sun has been unusually quiet for years now. However, scientists have obtained evidence that a new cycle of solar activity is starting. The onset of a new wave of such activity had been expected to be well underway by 2009, but the Sun...

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What's Going on with the Sun?

Will global warming continue in 2010? After a protracted quiet spell, the sun is waking up. So far, Solar Cycle 24 has been the quietest in a century, but December was the most active month of the cycle by far. The 11 year solar maximum should peak in late 2012, but with such a long, deep solar minimum, the peak could be delayed. There is...

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It's Not the Sunspots

It's the solar WIND - You've heard the complaint that "it's not the heat, it's the humidity." Well, the same thing can be said about the sun: New research finds that the number of sunspots provides an incomplete measure of the sun's impact on global warming over its 11-year solar cycle. Earth was bombarded last year with high...

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Sunspots Subside on July 7

UPDATE - The huge sunspot formation that emerged on July4 has begun subsiding, and alarmist predictionsthat the sun would "blow up" or emit some sort of giganticflare toward the earth have proved--not unexpectedly--unfounded.

However, one thing is clear: the new solar max does appearto be intensifying after a long period...

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Sunspots May be Coming Back

UPDATE! - In this week's subscriber section, Whitley meditates on two new crop circles and discovers that they are predicting something about the SUN. He even has a specific TIME and DATE when solar changes will happen!

Scientists who study jet streams deep within the atmosphere of the sun have discovered that they are...

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No Summer?

The almost total lack of solar activity means that things are getting cooler here on earth, and weather expert Joe Bastardi is predicting "a year without a summer" for the Northern Plains and the US Northeast.

This is because the jet stream has remained unusually far south this spring, something that was predicted by the Master of the...

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Weakest Sunspot Cycle in 80 Years

Will the sun save us? Many 2012 prognosticators have been predicting a massive solar cycle in 2012, but the sun has been extremely quiet lately, and now NASA is predicting the weakest solar maximum since 1928, with a peak in 2013, not 2012. That's GOOD NEWS for global warming. But the bad news is: another thing that may help stave off global...

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Another Ice Age?

Will the planet continue to heat up or will the absence of sunspots help it to remain stable, or even cool down? The sun is the least active it's been in decades and the dimmest it's been in a hundred years. The same thing happened during the Little Ice Age, which lasted from about 1300 to 1850. But the sun is coming to life again.

In...

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Quietest Sun in a Century

In the 1350s, a solar minimum began that lasted five hundredyears, and at present the sun is unexpectedly quiet, and hasbeen for much longer than anticipated. Does this mean thatglobal warming is no longer a matter for concern? If the sunremains quiet, we could be in for a warming reprieve, butthis will not stop greenhouse gas emissions, and...

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Do We Have a Solar Future?

Or are solar cells too polluting to manufacture? - Solar power may serve all the energy needs of people on earth in the future, BUT manufacturing solar cells may release more hazardous pollution than fossil fuels would.

In LiveScience.com, Robin Lloyd talks about Ray Kurzweil, who predicted the fall of the Soviet Union...

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Can Solar Power Save the Day?

Phoenix is trying to eliminate the need for Middle Eastern oil by becoming a huge "Persian Gulf"-type center, producing solar power for export to the rest of the US?and maybe the world. Ironically, oil-rich Saudi Arabia is planning to do the same thing.

The Spanish company Abengoa Solar will turn 3 square miles of desert near Phoenix...

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Don't Blame Sun for Climate Change

Despite the fact that sunspot activity has been at an all time high recently, we reported (3 years ago) that the sun can't be blamed for global warming. A new scientific study confirms this.

In BBC News, Richard Black writes that the latest study shows that the Sun's output has actually declined during the last 20 years, while...

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Next Solar Cycle May Be Largest Ever Recorded

We have reported before that the upcoming 2010-2011 solar cycle is expected to be large. Now, continuing studies of the sun have led solar scientists to predict that it may turn out to be the largest ever recorded. Sunspot cycles have been recorded since the time of Galileo, and four of the five largest ever seen have been recorded in the past...

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Powerful New Sunspots Will Affect Us on Earth

Sunspot 930 sent a powerful solar storm toward earth from an X3 class solar flare, and the unstable sunspot has a 35% chance of emitting more X class solar flares at any time. The solar storm resulting has the potential to damage satellites and expose passengers in high flying aircraft to excessive radiation. The astronauts aboard the space...

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New Threat in Space

A current crop of solar flares could disrupt GPS systems, which more and more cars are using. They are also standard equipment on jet planes, which makes the flares a potentially much more serious problem. But GPS is not the only thing these solar flares could stress?the radiation they give off could harm astronauts' brains.

Fiery...

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Don't Blame the Sun?In Fact, It May Save Us

According to new research, changes in the sun's brightness over the past few hundred years have had only a small effect on Earth's climate, so we can't blame global warming on solar activity. But some researchers still think the sun has an influence on global warming and these researchers say the sun MAY give us a reprieve, a chance to save...

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Dangerous Sun Cycle Starting Early

Just a few years after the last solar cycle ended, there is evidence that the next one, which is expected to be the biggest in 50 years, may have already begun. Sunspots, flares and coronal mass ejections disrupt radio and telecommunications, including cell phones, and if they become strong enough, they can be especially dangerous for...

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Solar Storms Can Destroy Planets

Scientists hope that thesolar windwill form a barrier that will protect us from solarradiation during the upcoming pole shift here on Earth. Whenthe poles reverse on Earth, which has happened many timesbefore, the magnetic shield that protects us from solarradiation is temporarily weakened. Mars wasn't so lucky.

Astronomers report that...

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Sun Spots Start Again?Bigger Than Ever

A few months ago, we posted several stories about huge solar flares. Since the sun periodically has cycles of sun spots, which disrupt cell phone communications and pose a hazard for astronauts on spacewalks, why should this be a problem? But the Earth's magnetic poles are now in the process of flipping, which weakens the magnetic shield that...

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Cosmic Dust Storm is Coming

We're at the beginning of a ten-year-long cosmic dust storm and we don't know what the consequences will be. The Sun's magnetic poles have flipped, as they do periodically, so now some of the dust that floats around in our galaxy will be sucked into our solar system. The Sun used to act as a shield, protecting us from it. Cosmic dust...

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Lifeboat Needed for Solar Flares

On Halloween, solar flares erupted almost simultaneously on opposite sides of the sun?a phenomenon that?s never been seen before. Simultaneous solar flares have been seen in the past, but they're usually clustered together, and scientists want to know if the flares are linked or if this is just a coincidence. "Now we have only one example of...

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