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Summer solstice: it’s a stormy time for the Sun - Telegraph

the fact that we understand so little about the Sun suggests that there are plenty of new theories and pieces of evidence to uncover.
There are many questions that need answering. For example, the Sun’s heat energy does not act in the manner that many would expect. Typically, if you move away from a heat source, the temperature declines. The surface of the Sun has a temperature of about 6,000 degrees, yet a few thousand miles above its surface, that rises to well over one million degrees. This heat ring around the Sun, the solar corona, is what we see during a solar eclipse. But how can this phenomenon be explained?...

I love it when the science isn't settled. What else isn't known about the sun's influence?



The article by Dr David Jess also says:

"Far from being stable, this 4½ billion-year-old star is on its way to “solar maximum”, a stage in its cycle where activity – in the form of flares and eruptions – is most common. This 11-year cycle has been ramping up lately, with flare activity occurring almost daily. "

This would be the same Sun that is refusing to obey orders and start producing the higher numbers of sunpsots that herald the start of Solar Cycle 24 which would lead to a "solar maximum" and is according to many other scientists actually on course for a delayed or much reduced Solar Cycle 24 leading to a Grand Minimum - possibly similar in scale to the Dalton and Maunder Minimums. So don't throw out your thermals just yet, it's likely to get a lot colder before Dr David Jess understands what's going on.

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