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[–] bluefascist 1 points 18 points (+19|-1) ago 

What is happening to the sun?

A grand solar minimum due to cancellation of waves on the sun which results in no sunspots.

This causes the magnetosphere of the earth to massively reduce.

the magnetosphere protects the planet from cosmic rays and solar winds.

We have what would normally magnitude 2 storm coming in right now (sept 12/13/14th)

There is an odd spot on the sun right now that is unlike typical sunspots.

As for the global panic? I assume it's because scientists are starting to discover that the sun is more relevant than CO2 in climate change...

I recommend that you go buy a bunch of extra food and some seeds to plant.

[–] BaldMiscreant 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I've been saying this for months, as a ham radio geek one of the first things we learn is the interaction between the ionosphere and solar cycles. It doesn't just bounce rf radiation.

[–] theoldones 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

are PC hard drives effected? mine ran into troubles for weeks, lots of sudden crashes, but now those issues have gone away

[–] SOULESS 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

My dad got obsessed with the sun the past few years. The sky in general, I guess.

He has been trying to speak with some specialists/scientists about sunspots for months now. He'll call up facilities and try to get a hold of people from time to time. I don't think he's been sucessful yet. I remember him wanting to point out patterns of the sun and patterns of earth's tempurature and ask a professional about it.

[–] bluefascist 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

we are entering a grand solar minimum and a few other cycles are lining up for cold weather and crop losses.

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[–] CapitalPurifier 4 points 0 points (+4|-4) ago 

lol why would magnetosphere massively reduce because of less solar activity or no sunspots

[–] Thisismyvoatusername 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

The magnetosphere is a result of the Earth’s magnetic field interacting with solar activity. So it grows when there is more activity and shrinks when there is less. At least, I think that is how it works. How that then interacts with cosmic rays (in terms of being more or less protective), I don’t really know. Also, I’m pretty sure the solar activity is solar winds, so I’m not quite sure of the exact point he was making.

[–] bluefascist 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

it's a good question. The sunspot activity interacts with the earths magnetic field. But really, when you start asking that kind of question it really depends on what your background is, otherwise we end up like the Insane Clown Posse asking how magnets work.

[–] Rawrination 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Sunspots as far as I know are made by the magnetosphere of the sun.

The amount of constant solar wind coming off the sun is massive.

My guess would be that when the sun's magnetosphere starts acting weird, whatever effect it had in keeping bad solar storms from hitting earth is reduced, as well as whatever effects the sun's magnetosphere combines with earth's.

[–] KoalasRplushies 5 points -2 points (+3|-5) ago 

Sci fi bulllshit