Is the Sun heading towards a Maunder Minimum? http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/10may_longrange.htm[/URL] The following is an excerpt from the above link: The sun's "Great Conveyor Belt" [QUOTE] "Normally, the conveyor belt moves about 1 meter per second—walking pace," says Hathaway. "That's how it has been since the late 19th century." In recent years, however, the belt has decelerated to 0.75 m/s in the north and 0.35 m/s (has recently slowed down to 0.25 m/s – my comment) in the south. "We've never seen speeds so low." [/QUOTE] And from the next link, it appears there was a failed solar magnetic field reversal. [PLAIN]http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/15aug_backwards.htm[/URL] Incidentally, Solar Activity in the 20th century was the highest in 8,000 years: [url]http://cc.oulu.fi/~usoskin/personal/nature02995.pdf[/url] There was a Doubling of the Sun’s Coronal Magnetic Field in the last 100 years. [URL]http://www.nature.com/nature/journal.../399437a0.html[/URL] [QUOTE] The solar wind is an extended ionized gas of very high electrical conductivity, and therefore drags some magnetic flux out of the Sun to fill the heliosphere with a weak interplanetary magnetic field1,2. Magnetic reconnection—the merging of oppositely directed magnetic fields—between the interplanetary field and the Earth's magnetic field allows energy from the solar wind to enter the near-Earth environment. The Sun's properties, such as its luminosity, are related to its magnetic field, although the connections are still not well understood3,4. Moreover, changes in the heliospheric magnetic field have been linked with changes in total cloud cover over the Earth, which may influence global climate5. Here we show that measurements of the near-Earth interplanetary magnetic field reveal that the total magnetic flux leaving the Sun has risen by a factor of 1.4 since 1964: surrogate measurements of the interplanetary magnetic field indicate that the increase since 1901 has been by a factor of 2.3. This increase may be related to chaotic changes in the dynamo that generates the solar magnetic field. We do not yet know quantitatively how such changes will influence the global environment. [/QUOTE] And based on proxy data, the sun appears to vary cyclically. [url]http://www.essc.psu.edu/essc_web/seminars/spring2006/Mar1/Bond%20et%20al%202001.pdf[/url] Has anyone reviewed the results from the Wilson H-K study, where astronomers examined 70 solar like stars, to determine if stars varied cyclically?