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What is a Maunder object?

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September 13, 2011 1:51PM

A "Manunder Object" could be a sunspot occurring during the Maunder Minimum.

The Maunder Minimum is the name given to the period roughly spanning 1645 to 1715 by John A. Eddy in a landmark 1976 paper published in Science titled "The Maunder Minimum", when sunspots became exceedingly rare, as noted by solar observers of the time. Astronomers before Eddy had also named the period after the solar astronomer Edward W. Maunder (1851-1928) who studied how sunspot latitudes changed with time.