When you plan to take a trip, it pays to plan and one of the first things you should do is to check the weather forecast. The same goes for space travelers, and with so many missions in the works, NASA is now looking ahead to see what the space weather forecast looks like in the coming decade, and things seem to be shaped pretty nicely.
Using the latest data on solar activity and a new predictive formula for forecasting mountain peaks and valleys, NASA says we should experience the quietest decade or the last two centuries, making the perfect time to plan crew announcements to others right now. worlds.
As NASA explains in a new blog post, our star's solar cycles last for about 11 years, with periods of elevated activity occurring predictably. During very active periods, sunspots are more common and coronal mass rejections burst particles into space.
It is solar weather like this that NASA would like to avoid, as it would mean that astronauts are exposed to large amounts of radiation from our star. Here on Earth, the planet's magnetic field acts as a shield, but astronauts traveling into space would not have the same protection.
Using decades of data on solar activity and estimates, NASA researchers developed what they think is more accurate in predicting ebbs and flows of our star. The method has already been tested to predict the previous decade of space weather using existing data, and it "worked well," according to NASA.
Knowing that the sun is likely to behave while NASA and other groups perform some of