Science Daily: Are planets setting the sun’s pace?

Science Daily has an article out, asking if the planets as setting the sun’s pace. 

I’m really flabbergasted that this is surfacing now. Where have these “scientists” been all these years? We discussed this 40 years ago in college. Every 11.07 years Jupiter and Saturn align. And this alignment coincides with the sunspot cycles, which corresponds to earth’s temperatures. 

It’s as if climate scientists finally hear about the solar system’s barycenter! Give it a shot! See the effects of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune on our solar system’s barycenter!

SkyMarvels™ SOLAR SYSTEM BARYCENTER (celestia celestia4all)

SOLAR SYSTEM’S CENTER OF GRAVITY – Though we often say that the planets orbit the Sun, it is more accurate to say that the planets AND the Sun all actually orbit the common center of mass of the entire Solar System-a point known as the “Solar System barycenter.”

The Sun’s activity is determined by the Sun’s magnetic field. Two combined effects are responsible for the latter: The omega and the alpha effect. Exactly where and how the alpha effect originates is currently unknown. Researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) are putting forward a new theory for this in the journal Solar Physics. Their calculations suggest that tidal forces from Venus, the Earth and Jupiter can directly influence the Sun’s activity.

Many questions regarding the Sun’s magnetic field are still unanswered. “As with the Earth, we are dealing with a dynamo. Through self-excitation, a magnetic field is created from virtually nothing, whereby the complex movement of the conductive plasma serves as an energy source,” says the physicist Dr. Frank Stefani from HZDR. The Sun’s so-called alpha-omega dynamo is subject to a regular cycle. Approximately every eleven years the polarity of the Sun’s magnetic field is reversed, with solar activity peaking with the same frequency. This manifests itself in an increase in sunspots — dark patches on the Sun’s surface which originate from strongly concentrated magnetic fields.

“Interestingly, every 11.07 years, the Sun and the planets Venus, the Earth and Jupiter are aligned. We asked ourselves: Is it a coincidence that the solar cycle corresponds with the cycle of the conjunction or the opposition of the three planets?” ponders Stefani. Although this question is by no means new, up to now scientists could not identify a plausible physical mechanism for how the very weak tidal effects of Venus, the Earth and Jupiter could influence the Sun’s dynamo.