A new study reveals space radiation is a much bigger worry than initially thought. Data about radiation levels spanning the last four years show the radiation environment is getting worse. Lead author Nathan Schwadron noted that it is at least 30 percent more intense than it was just four years ago. This information was obtained from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, an instrument that orbits the moon and has since 2009.
You might ask yourself…”why is Mitch spending so much time researching cosmic rays, rather than on the Sun-Earth connection”. The answer is always evolving, but for now it encompasses two main reasons. 1) Scientific instruments along with short and long range space satellites, are turning in more new paradigms than any team of scientists can possible absorb. New information from instruments reaching out far into our universe shedding light (pun intended), on new concepts, some of which suggest rhythmic cyclical events very much the same as those found in the Sun-Earth connection. It is now…the Galaxy-Solar System connection.
2) As this article reveals, the increase in galactic cosmic rays entering our solar system, and further into our own planet’s atmosphere. As you can see from the image showing the current and last two solar cycles, each cycle is showing a lower and lower sunspot count which in-turn, indicates fewer solar events. At the same time of weaker solar cycles, Earth’s magnetic field is weakening at exponential rates. These facts urge me to study all connected events and its possible causal effect on Earth in the way of natural phenomena such as escalation earthquake, volcanic, hurricane, and all extreme weather events. Also as you probably already know, I have a keen interest on the effects of electrical and magnetic variance on our brains and nervous system. (More on this in Part-II)
Dose rates of galactic cosmic rays were measured as part of their data-gathering methods. These rays are made up of primarily protons and nuclei that are now moving at incredibly rapid speeds as the result of cosmic events, such as supernovas. They can damage spacecraft, interfere with electronics, and can cause radiation sickness in those who travel often at 35,000 on commercial airlines. Long-term effects could include cancer.
Experts believe the increase in radiation levels is connected to an 11-year period of low solar activity. The following will sound counter-intuitive, however, it accurately describes that periods of low solar activity, is often more dangerous than at times of high solar activity. When the Sun is at periods of high active, the process of solar flares, coronal mass ejections (CMEs), or coronal hole pulsations, deflect and disperse cosmic rays. Periods of low solar activity result in the influx of galactic cosmic rays.
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