Earth Could Face 'Internet Apocalypse' Due to 'Cannibal Solar Storms', Scientists Warn
"The last several years really we've had very little activity, as is the case during solar minimum, but now we're ramping up and ramping up quite fast into the next solar cycle maximum, which we expect in 2025", Bill Murtagh, a programme coordinator at the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), told Space.
"We're seeing the increase in activity that one would expect with this rise in the solar cycle", Murtagh said. "This is kind of our awakening phase".
“Since CMEs often originate in magnetically active regions near sunspots, a larger number of sunspots will increase the probability of a powerful CME. If this estimate proves accurate, it will also significantly increase the probability of a large-scale event in this decade”, Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi from the University of California, Irvine and VMware Research said.