Solar Maximum: Will we know it when we see it?

The Sun’s magnetic field varies on a range of timescales. Over hours and days, this leads to solar activity such as X-ray flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs), which disturb the Earth’s space environment. This “space weather” waxes and wanes with an approximately 11-year “space season,” most apparent in the number of sunspots, but present … Continue reading “Solar Maximum: Will we know it when we see it?”