“If we are right, this could be the last solar maximum we’ll see for a few decades,” Hill said. “That would affect everything from space exploration to Earth’s climate.”
NASA scientists made an announcement today at 1:00 regarding the fact that "Astronomers would unveil a "major result" regarding the sun's 11-year sunspot cycle. The announcement will be made at a solar physics conference in New Mexico, according to an alert released today (June 10) by the American Astronomical Society. The discussion will begin at 1 p.m. EDT."
That press conference occurred and Yahoo science.com and Space.com report the results this way.
"The American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin has just made a major announcement on the state of the sun. Sunspots may be on the way out and an extended solar minimum may be on the horizon. Some unusual solar readings, including fading sunspots and weakening magnetic activity near the poles, could be indications that our sun is preparing to be less active in the coming years. The results of three separate studies seem to show that even as the current sunspot cycle swells toward the solar maximum, the sun could be heading into a more-dormant period, with activity during the next 11-year sunspot cycle greatly reduced or even eliminated. The results of the new studies were announced today (June 14) at the annual meeting of the solar physics division of the American Astronomical Society, which is being held this week at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces."
"Currently, the sun is in the midst of the period designated as Cycle 24 and is ramping up toward the cycle’s period of maximum activity. However, the recent findings indicate that the activity in the next 11-year solar cycle, Cycle 25, could be greatly reduced. Cycle 25 may not happen at all. In fact, some scientists are questioning whether this drop in activity could lead to a second Maunder Minimum, which was a 70-year period from 1645 to 1715 when the sun showed virtually no sunspots. “We expected to see the start of the zonal flow for Cycle 25 by now, but we see no sign of it,” Hill said. "This cycle, number 24, may be the last for some time, he says. If the models prove accurate and the trends continue, the implications could be far-reaching."
"Scientists know of at least three periods with little or no sunspot activity. All three appear to have been associated with cooling on Earth. However, the details remain unclear." "If we are right, this could be the last solar maximum we’ll see for a few decades,” Hill said. “That would affect everything from space exploration to Earth’s climate.”
Personally, I am always tickled when scientists think they know how the universe works and then are shown up to have in fact known nothing close to what they think they do. I think quantum physicists are more honest about their understanding of the world than astronomers and astro-physicists. Quantum physicists at least say they don't know. Sadly though, neither group usually acknowledge God at the root of their particular discipline of science.
In today's case, scientists found unexpectedly that this solar sunspot cycle may be the last. The Tribulation period will show men, all men-including scientists- just who is at the root of all physical laws. Nature will not act the way it has been. There will be no wind. No wind means no sailing, no precipitation cycle, and drought. The sun, moon, and stars will be struck. (Rev 8:12). The sun will heat up and scorch men. (Rev. 16:8-10). Eventually the sun will go dark completely. (Joel 2:31). In other words, the anomalies, or the "unexpected result" in the scientists' parlance, we are seeing now at the close of the Church Age are indicators of more anomalies to come. And come. And come. Until nothing makes sense any more.
Here is a photo to remind us all of just how powerful and awesome God is, and how puny we are. And despite this puniness, He holds us in the palm of His hand, a cherished child.