‘Solar activity cycle poses no threat to Earth’

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Kuwait’s Astronomy Museum assures the public the solar activity cycle poses no threat to Earth.

KUWAIT CITY, March 27: The Astronomy and Space Museum at the Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Center has moved to dispel concerns about the current cycle of solar activity, emphasizing that it follows a predictable pattern and poses no significant threat to Earth.

In a statement to the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) on Wednesday, the museum confirmed that the sun’s current cycle, the 25th since records began in 1755, is expected to be moderate, with a projected peak of about 115 monthly sunspots in the year 2025. This cycle, occurring approximately every 11 years, is considered repetitive and consistent with previous solar cycles.

Addressing rumors of potential solar storms devastating Earth, the museum stressed that there is nothing unusual about the ongoing solar activity cycle. The last significant solar activity was recorded in Kuwait in 2012, and such occurrences have been observed on Earth for several years. The next anticipated activity is forecasted for 2034/2035.

Explaining the Earth’s orbit around the sun, the museum highlighted the phenomenon of aphelion, occurring when the Earth reaches its farthest point from the sun. This astronomical event, expected on July 5th, will result in a distance of approximately 152.096.150 million kilometers between Earth and the sun.

Solar activity, characterized by an increase in sunspots and solar flares, poses minimal risk to living organisms and humans due to the protective effects of the Earth’s magnetosphere and atmosphere. While astronauts in orbit around the Earth may face some danger, the general population is not at significant risk.

Studies suggest a potential link between the number of sunspots and Earth’s climate, although the exact mechanism governing this relationship remains under investigation. The museum encourages further exploration of solar activity and its implications for climate and space exploration.

Visitors interested in learning more about solar activity and related topics can explore the Space Museum, which houses modern telescopes and specialized solar telescopes for observing the sun.

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