How Will the Sun's Laziness Impact Earth?

The surface of the sun has been surprisingly calm of late -- with fewer sunspots than anytime in in the last century -- prompting scientists to wonder just what it might mean here on Earth.

November 24, 2013
3:38 PM EST
The sun's photospahere as observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Nov. 24, 2013. The dark spots are known as sunspots, of which there are surprisingly few at this point in the solar cycle. | NASA/SDO