(HEALTH24) — Could the sun be your lucky – or unlucky – star?
In an unusual study, Norwegian scientists said people born during periods of solar calm may live longer, as much as five years on average, than those who enter the world when the sun is feisty.
The team overlaid demographic data of Norwegians born between 1676 and 1878 with observations of the sun.
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The lifespan of those born in periods of solar maximum – interludes marked by powerful flares and geomagnetic storms – was "5.2 years shorter" on average than those born during a solar minimum, they found.