NASA says Solar Cycle 25 has begun

Experts from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discussed analysis and predictions about the new solar cycle during a media event on Tuesday of this week.

Among the information shared during the event was how the coming upswing in space weather impacts life on Earth, technology, and astronauts in space.

Since the Sun is highly variable, it can take months after the fact to declare that an event has occurred.

Sunspots are used to track solar cycle progress with NASA pointing out that the dark blotches on the sun are associated with solar activity.

Two science investigations will be conducted from the Gateway to study space weather and monitor the radiation environment in lunar orbit.

Scientists are also working on predictive models so they can one-day forecast space weather similarly to how meteorologists forecast weather on Earth.

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