The result would be a mini ice age lasting several decades.
Already once, between 1645 and 1715, the earth experienced a so-called mini ice age due to a solar minimum, which is also called "Maunder Minimum". In these 70 years, global temperatures fell by an average of 1.3 degrees Celsius. The result: poor harvests, hunger, and revolts.
Now, according to scientists, such a new solar minimum is to come, as the sunspot activities show. Scientists report that the sun was free of sunspots for 133 days this year. This means that the sun is empty for most of the year. Experts further warn that this is a sign that the solar minimum is on the way.
"The sun is flawless again. The face of the sun is empty for the 133rd day of this year," wrote the Space Weather website.
"The sun minimum has returned, bringing additional cosmic radiation, long-lasting holes in the sun's atmosphere and strange pink northern lights," the website continued.
The sun follows a cycle of about 11 years, where it reaches a solar maximum and then a solar minimum. During a solar maximum, the sun emits more heat and sun particles and is covered with sunspots. Less heat in a solar minimum is due to a decrease in the magnetic waves of the sun. It is not expected that our sun will change to a solar minimum by about 2020, but it seems to be moving in this direction a little earlier, which could turn out to be bad news for lovers of warm weather.
It is known that low solar activity has effects on the weather and climate of the Earth, and it is also correlated with an increase in cosmic radiation reaching the upper part of the atmosphere. The empty sun is a sign that the next solar minimum is approaching and there will be more and more immaculate days in the next few years," wrote a meteorological website called Vencore Weather.