The sun has lost its spots, and researchers don’t know why
GREENBELT, MD – It’s not easy to get spots out, but apparently, spot removal is not a problem in space.
The people who spend their time watching the skies say something strange has happened on the sun.
At a time when the sun is supposed to be teeming with sunspots, NASA telescopes are finding nothing, nada, as in not a sunspot to be easily found.
And, as you might expect, that has the sun-gazers jumping around trying to figure out what happened and why.
The sun is in an 11-year cycle known as the solar maximum, a time when scientists expect to see a lot of activity, including sun spots that show up in regions that pump out giant flashes of light known as solar flares and coronal mass ejections that shoot off into space, sometimes headed toward earth.
The sun was spotless, or nearly spotless, three years ago, and today, researchers are no closer to understanding how the sun gets its spots out.
But if they ever figure it out, you can be there will be a lot of interest here on earth, especially when it comes to getting out those pesky lipstick spots on collars.