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"We used this data to say that an unfortunate combination of solar conditions is coming our way in the next few decades."
"It's just a question of how much worse the radiation gets and how long it lasts."
"In a grand solar maximum, the peaks of the 11-year sunspot cycle are larger and the average number of solar flares and associated events such as coronal mass ejections are greater.
"On the other hand in a grand solar minimum there are almost no sunspots for several decades. The last time this happened was during the Maunder Minimum, between about 1650 and 1700."