The Sun is Nearing its Periodic Solar Minimum

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The Sun
The number of black Sunspots on the surface of the Sun indicate the Sun's activity level (image credit: NASA).

Based on counts of sun spots on the surface of the Sun, it looks like our star is heading towards a solar minimum. This happens every 11 years or so, and is related to how the internal and external magnetic fields in the Sun interact with each other. Keeping track of this activity is important, because it can help us predict geomagnetic storms on Earth.

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The Sun is Nearing its Periodic Solar Minimum
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As a passionate science communicator, Jesse Rogerson loves promoting science literacy to the public. He frequently represents the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on television and radio, social media, and at conferences. He co-developed a science communication workshop for Canadian science professionals, to instruct them in more effective methods of communicating their science. A trained and practicing astrophysicist, Jesse holds a PhD in observational astrophysics from York University, and recently published a peer-reviewed paper in The Astrophysical Journal. Jesse enjoys riding his motorcycle, board games, and ultimate frisbee.