We are currently moving upwards in the solar activity cycle, and will reach its peak between 2000-2002. Right now, the solar surface is producing more and more sunspots, and we get a good auroral or geomagnetic storm about once a month. At the peak, we will get a good storms about once a week or so.
All answers are provided by Dr. Sten Odenwald (Raytheon STX) for the
NASA IMAGE/POETRY project.