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sun spots … can stretch the sky …

30 August 2010

New Scientist August 27th … sun spots may play a role in small fluctuations in the time it takes the earth to rotate on it’s axis. The exact length of the day varies – tides and winds also affect the rotation but now it seems so do sun spots. It is suitably dressed up in uniformitarian glamour wear as they are talking about fractions of a second, supposedly as a result of an abundance of sun spots – or the lack thereof. The question thus might be asked – what hails in the result of a very large solar flare?

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