Journal Highlights

Impending weak solar activity could expose aircrews to higher radiation levels


Aircrews and frequent fliers may soon experience an uptick in radiation exposure due to the upcoming low point in the solar cycle, when weak solar activity provides less protection against cosmic rays entering the atmosphere.

In a new study published in Space Weather, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, researchers developed a model based on properties of the sun’s magnetic field to predict its ability to slow galactic cosmic rays entering the solar system…more