Solar Physics

, Volume 229, Issue 1, pp 175–179 | Cite as

Do Planetary Motions Drive Solar Variability?



We examine the occasionally forwarded hypothesis that solar activity originates by planetary Newtonian attraction on the Sun. We do this by comparing three accelerations working on solar matter at the tachocline level: Those due to planetary tidal forces, to the motion of the Sun around the planetary system's centre of gravity, and the observed accelerations at that level. We find that the latter are by a factor of about 1000 larger than the former two and therefore cannot be caused by planetary attractions. We conclude that the cause of the dynamo is purely solar.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea ResearchAB Den BurgThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Hanse WissenschaftskollegDelmenhorstGermany

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