There are 100 days since sunspots were recorded, which one expert says is proof that we are entering a phase called the solar minimum, reports say.
There were whispers on social media about the upcoming ice age (exactly what we need!), But NASA scientists said we shouldn’t worry too much, according to PennLive.com.
“So far this year, the Sun is empty 76 percent of the time, a factor that exceeded only once before the space age,” SpaceWeather.com reported, according to Forbes. “Last year, 2019, the sun was empty 77 percent of the time. Two consecutive years of infinity of records really contribute to a very deep sunny minimum. “
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“This is called the solar minimum,” Dean Pesnell of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center told NASA.gov. “And that’s a regular part of the sunspot cycle.”
The NASA report says that in 2014 there was a high percentage of sunspots and solar flares. The article says that the sun does not “darken” during these times, and solar activity simply changes its shape.
Dr. Tony Phillips, an astronomer, told the Sun that the “solar minimum” was underway and deep.
“The number of sunspots suggests it is one of the deepest in the last century,” he said. “The Sun’s magnetic field has become weak, which allows the appearance of additional cosmic rays in the solar system.”
He continued: “Excess cosmic rays pose a danger to the health of astronauts and polar air passengers, affect the electrochemistry of the Earth’s upper atmosphere and can help trigger lightning.”
Some theorize that the constant “solar minimum” can lead to crop loss, starvation and severe cold. The Pennlive report says that scientists point out that even if we enter a phase called the “high solar minimum,” it will essentially compensate for “several years of warming caused by human activities.”
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“Even if the great solar minimum has lasted a century, global temperatures will continue to warm,” NASA’s Global Climate Change reported, according to Pennlive. “Because more factors than just variations in sunrise are changing global temperatures on Earth, the most dominant of which today is global warming caused by man-made greenhouse gas emissions.”