in solar output affect the amount of solar energy reaching the Earth's
atmosphere and surface, and thus affect the planet's climate.
Changes in solar output occur during events such as sunspots and solar
cause slow, temporary decreases in the amount of energy emitted from
- Solar flares
cause sudden, temporary increases in the amount of energy emitted from
Sunspot group observed on June 14th, 1989. Image shows only a small portion
of the sun. Photo courtesy of New Jersey Institute of Technology's Big
Bear Solar Observatory.
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