dtjohnson writes: A study published today predicts
that solar storms are going to become increasingly disruptive to
satellites and communications in the coming decades as the sun cycles
towards a minimum of activity. "The work, published in Geophysical Research Letters,
predicts that once the Sun shifts toward an era of lower solar
activity, more hazardous radiation will reach Earth. The team
says the Sun is currently at a grand solar maximum. This phase
began in the 1920s — and has lasted throughout the space age....The
evidence seems to indicate that although there are fewer solar storms
once the Sun leaves its grand maximum, they are more powerful, faster
and therefore carry more particles."
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