Why has the sun gone quiet? Researchers are baffled as the sun has gone quiet during a time in its 11-year-cycle when it should be at its most active. Just a few weeks ago it was bursting with sunspots but now it seems to be going days without even developing a single dark spot. Solar physicist Tony Phillips has named it an ‘All Quiet Event.’ ‘It is weird, but it’s not super weird,’ he told The Los Angeles Times. ‘To have a spotless day during maximum is odd, but then again, this solar maximum we are in has been very wimpy.’ Phillips is an expert about such activity and writes about it on his site, SpaceWeather.com. Sunspots attract attention because they highlight the part of the sun where solar activity originates. More