Quiet Sun Shouldn’t Baffle Astronomers
That’s according to a BBC report by Pallab Ghosh, which goes on to explain these observations are baffling astronomers … the Sun normally undergoes an 11-year cycle of activity. At its peak, it has a tumultuous boiling atmosphere that spits out flares and planet-sized chunks of super-hot gas. This is followed by a calmer period… Last year, it was expected that it would have been hotting up after a quiet spell. But instead it hit a 50-year low in solar wind pressure, a 55-year low in radio emissions, and a 100-year low in sunspot activity.
According to Oliver K. Manuel, Professor of Nuclear Chemistry at the University of Missouri-Rolla, writing to Benny Peiser from Liverpool University who compiles the e-newsletter CCNet:
“Astronomers – especially those associated with NASA – are baffled because they chose to ignore cycles of solar activity and all other observations and space-age measurements over the past five decades that were unexplained by the Standard Solar Model (SSM) of a Hydrogen-filled Sun.
“Angular momentum changes in the Sun cause deep-seated magnetic fields from the dense, energetic solar core to penetrate the visible solar surface (the photosphere) and produce cycles of sunspots and solar eruptions.
“Earth’s climate is closely linked to this cycle of angular momentum changes and to the number of sunspots at the solar surface.
“CCNet readers can see the Landscheidt solar cycles here: http://landscheidt.auditblogs.com/2009/04/11/new-angular-momentum-graph/
“Astronomers are baffled by the quiet Sun precisely because they continued to claim that our Sun is nothing but a homogeneous ball of Hydrogen, despite precise, space-age experimental data that directly falsify this claim. Some of the data are summarized here.
1. Composition of the solar interior: Information from isotope ratios, Proceedings of the 2002 SOHO/GONG Conference on Helioseismology, European Space Agency SP-517 (editor: Huguette Lacoste, 2003) pages 345-348 : http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0410717
2. “The Sun is a plasma diffuser that sorts atoms by mass, Physics of Atomic Nuclei 69 (2006) pages 1847-1856; Yadernaya Fizika 69 (Russian), number 11 (Nov 2006); PAC: 96.20.Dt DOI: 10.1134/S106377880611007X ; http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0609509 ”
According to Professor Manual, astronomers need to address the experimental data, whether or not they agree with his interpretations.
Notes and Links
‘QUIET SUN’ BAFFLING ASTRONOMERS http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8008473.stm
Information about Oliver K. Manuel can be found at
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