The Quiet Sun

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I’m embarrassed. Two years ago I hyped a coronal mass ejection as a major threat to civilization. Here we are at the peak of an 11-year solar activity cycle and nothing…is…happening.

So which is worse? Getting blasted by streams of charged plasma burping out from an angry sun? Or living on a planet that is slipping slowly into a new mini ice age?

This BBC news video explains it well. Worst case scenario is some unholy mash-up of Global Warming wreaking havoc on the climate and a new Maunder Minimum. Somehow, I doubt these phenomena will cancel each other out. So dress warm and take an umbrella. It’s going to get weird out there!

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