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[–] CapitalPurifier 4 points 0 points (+4|-4) ago 

lol why would magnetosphere massively reduce because of less solar activity or no sunspots

[–] Thisismyvoatusername 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

The magnetosphere is a result of the Earth’s magnetic field interacting with solar activity. So it grows when there is more activity and shrinks when there is less. At least, I think that is how it works. How that then interacts with cosmic rays (in terms of being more or less protective), I don’t really know. Also, I’m pretty sure the solar activity is solar winds, so I’m not quite sure of the exact point he was making.

[–] TherealScrable 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

If you would look at a picture of the magnetosphere of the earth you would see how deformed it is by the solar winds.

It makes no sense for it to grow when there is pressure, rather it makes sense that it condenses and thus creates a stronger barrier against those winds, while with no winds it returns to its state of minimal energy, a magnetic field like that of a magnet.

[–] bluefascist 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

it's a good question. The sunspot activity interacts with the earths magnetic field. But really, when you start asking that kind of question it really depends on what your background is, otherwise we end up like the Insane Clown Posse asking how magnets work.

[–] Rawrination 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Sunspots as far as I know are made by the magnetosphere of the sun.

The amount of constant solar wind coming off the sun is massive.

My guess would be that when the sun's magnetosphere starts acting weird, whatever effect it had in keeping bad solar storms from hitting earth is reduced, as well as whatever effects the sun's magnetosphere combines with earth's.

[–] CapitalPurifier 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

How is earth's magnetosphere going to massively reduce because of bad solar storms? sure solar storms might overcome it, but why would it become fundamentally weaker?

[–] KoalasRplushies 5 points -2 points (+3|-5) ago 

Sci fi bulllshit

[–] bluefascist 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

go look up the maunder minimum, the sporer minimum, and the dalton minimum.

We are probably calling this one the 'eddy' minimum.

People have been keeping track of sunspots for hundreds of years, it's well understood, but apparently now by you.

[–] BaldMiscreant 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

It's true, pick up a basic ham radio book and look up propagation.

[–] Gravspeed 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

No fi. Sci bullshit.