Thursday, May 13, 2010

Looking for a Sun-Earth climate connection

But wait, I thought the science was settled. Humanity is to blame for "climate change", right? Not the sun.
The surface of the sun undergoes violent changes on a daily basis, but a group of astronomers has found that the size of our nearest star has been perplexingly constant in recent years.

The new study shows that the sun's diameter has changed by less than one part in a million over the last 12 years. The sun's width today is a steady 932,057 miles (1,500,000 km) across, the researchers found.

"The sun is remarkably constant," lead researcher Jeff Kuhn, the associate director of the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, told "We're measuring that the diameter changes by less than a kilometer (0.62 miles).

"This constancy is baffling, given the violence of the changes we see every day on the sun's surface and the fluctuations that take place over an 11-year solar cycle," Kuhn said.

The puzzling results also contradicted other measurements of the sun taken from the ground, raising further questions on what could be causing the discrepancies.

"What this really means is that, if we believe the ground measurements, then what we're seeing is long-term fluctuations in the Earth's atmosphere," Kuhn said. "The sun is influencing the atmosphere of the Earth in very significant ways."

Kuhn's work is one of several worldwide efforts to understand the influence of the sun on Earth's climate.

"We can't predict the climate on Earth until we understand these changes on the sun," Kuhn said. [emphases added]


Bold words, Mr. Kuhn. Bold words.

1 comment:

Keith Alan K said...

Like I've been saying for years--global warming as put forth by AlGore is BS through and through.
That's why he won't debate it in public. Ever. Refuses, because any scientist worth a crap (and not on the take) can poke a thousand holes in the opposing "science".
The human race and all our toys are far too puny to have an affect on climate, beyond the local level.
Sure, cutting down the Amazon rain forest isn't smart, but trees grow back. Nature rebounds quickly--just look at my lawn after 2 years of drought!
Look at my alley after I cut down 15 small trees and killed all the weeds--it's a freaking jungle within a few months!

Ice ages and warmimg periods have been going on for a bajillion years, and we can't change it one tiny bit.
Earth is at the mercy of the sun, bottom line.