BEWARE THE INCREASE IN COSMIC RAYS AS SOLAR MINIMUM ARRIVES

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One Of The Deepest Solar Minima In 100 Years Underway NowTony Phillips, Spaceweather.com, 16 July 2019
 
Note to astronauts: 2019 is not a good year to fly into deep space. In fact, it’s shaping up to be one of the worst of the Space Age.
 
The reason is, the solar cycle. One of the deepest Solar Minima of the past century is underway now. As the sun’s magnetic field weakens, cosmic rays from deep space are flooding into the solar system, posing potential health risks to astronauts.
 
NASA is monitoring the situation with a radiation sensor in lunar orbit. The Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) has been circling the Moon on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft since 2009. Researchers have just published a paper in the journal Space Weather describing CRaTER’s latest findings.
 
 “The overall decrease in solar activity…

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