A new study suggests that future missions, including the trip to Mars, should not exceed four years and must be conducted during the solar maximum to protect human health and equipment from space radiation and harmful particles.
Solar activity, particularly due to the new solar cycle, is causing intense movement in Earth's atmosphere. This means that the Northern Lights will be visible south of Canada, in states such as Minnesota, Iowa, and Michigan.
New research published in the Journal Geology suggests there is a link between the activity of the sun and sea temperatures and its effects are more significant when the Earth is cooler. The sun is already known to play a part in variations of our weather but this is the first time that scientists have observed that solar activity also affects sea surface temperatures.