Turn on the TV and it’s not about kittens being saved from trees, but drive-by shootings.
The model developed by Zharkova’s team suggests there are two dynamos at work in the Sun; one close to the surface and one deep within the convection zone.
They found this dual dynamo system could explain aspects of the solar cycle with much greater accuracy than before — possibly leading to enhanced predictions of future solar behaviour.
(With the caveat that this new study is still a model, correlation is not causation, etc.) One of the better descriptions comes from Astronomy Now.
The Sun, like all stars, is a large nuclear fusion reactor that generates powerful magnetic fields, similar to a dynamo.
"There's this belief," says Menon, "that Tinder is only for hook-ups.