The Solar Cycle Turned Sideways

Authors

  • Madhulika Guhathakurta,

  • Tony Phillips


Key Points

  • Solar cycle is widely misunderstood as alternating periods of quiet and stormy
  • A better analogy is La Nina and El Nino, opposite extremes of a climate cycle
  • Solar activity affect life on Earth, regardless of the phase of the solar cycle

Ancillary