Sunspots may be going into hibernation, a phenomenon unseen since the 17th century that could lead to cooler global temperatures, scientists said Tuesday. It's not clear how rising temperatures from greenhouse gas emissions may offset global cooling, and scientists are still not totally sure how our star affects Earth's climate, however.
The Sun has finally woken up and is showing its spots again. But it looks like we are headed for a feeble solar cycle
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Remember those sunspots that didn't show up in 2008? All told, there were 266 days without a spot on the Sun last year. The most spot-free year for the Sun since 1913 (311 spotless days).