Detection of a significant change in the solar diameter
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Drift-time measurements of the solar diameter made at Izaña and Locarno in 1990–1992 show a significant increase of the observed angular semidiameter when compared to results obtained at the same two sites in 1981. The observed increase of ≈0.4″ is not due to a systematic (or long-term) variation, but seems to reflect a more complicated behaviour with time: As both series of measurements were made around a maximum of the 11-year cycle, it seems that a variation in phase with solar activity (in the sense of the Secchi-Rosa law) can be ruled out.
KeywordsSolar Activity Complicated Behaviour Solar Diameter
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