We’ve been fortunate this time around: Current solar activity cycle is weakest in a century

by 1389 on December 13, 2013

in 1389 (blog admin), EMP (electromagnetic pulse), science and nature

The sun is at the maximum of its 11-year activity cycle. This maximum is weaker than any in the past century – and that’s a good thing for us, at least until we harden our infrastructure.

This relative solar quietude has bought us some additional time, by decreasing the likelihood of catastrophic EMP (electromagnetic pulse) damage to our energy, communications, and IT infrastructure.

Space.com has the story.

Update: A relatively quiet cycle does NOT mean we are home free. Especially severe geomagnetic storms can occur as rogue events during otherwise quiet cycles.

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