#NASA #Earth – Ice Age might grip Earth, NASA images show Sun going “blank” for fourth time in 2016 : Shivers! Yesterday, NASA images showed that the sun has gone “blank” without any sunspots for the fourth time this year. The solar surface shows complete inaction. It could lead us to the Ice Age, say climate experts.
Usually, our sun doesn’t have a pleasant face, but looks burning hot, pocked by sunspots. But now, it looks smooth, with sunspots at the lowest rate for 10,000 years. Solar activity too has slowed down.
However, the sun’s pleasant face isn’t too pleasant for the earth. Such blank faces, without sunspot activity could usher in a cold spell, just like the Maunder Minimum, which began in 1645 and went on till 1715.
That was called the Little Ice Age and even became well-known because of the winter frost fairs that became popular on the frozen surface of the Thames.
The warning was issued by meteorologist and renowned sun-watcher Paul Dorian in his report It spread some tension: “The blank sun is a sign that the next solar minimum is approaching and there will be an increasing number of spotless days over the next few years,” said Dorian.
“At first, the blankness will stretch for just a few days at a time, then it’ll continue for weeks at a time, and finally it should last for months at a time when the sunspot cycle reaches its nadir. The next solar minimum phase is expected to take place around 2019 or 2020.”