Last month it was reported that, through evidence gathered worldwide, the Earth was “quieter” since everyone went in to stay at home mode. Now today, it was reported that the Sun had gone 100 days so far without any observed sunspots.
What can this mean?
One expert stated that it is evidence that the fiery ball is beginning to enter a phase termed as a solar minimum.
If one were to believe the current whispering all over social media, claiming it is a sign we are heading for an impending Ice Age (on top of everything else!), then there may be a cause to worry.
However, the scientists at NASA reassures us that we have nothing to worry about.
According to a statement in Forbes, made by Spaceweather.com:
“So far this year, the Sun has been blank 76 percent of the time, a rate surpassed only once before in the Space Age.”
The individual went on to remind that last year, the Sun was blank 77 percent of the time as well, which, when you take it all into perspective, means that it is entering a very deep solar minimum. NASA adds that around every eleven years:
“Sunspots fade away, bringing a period of relative calm.”
This calm is what is referred to in the scientific community as a “solar minimum.” It is, in fact, a very normal occurrence in the sunspot cycle as a whole.
Astronaut Dr. Tony Phillips stated that the solar minimum is indeed well underway, and it appears to be a deep one. In fact, the sunspot count has so far indicated that this minimum will be on the deepest in the last century.
There are those that have speculated that if the solar minimum lingers for too long, the planet may experience crop loss, famine, and brutal cold.
Other experts say if perchance we do experience a “grand solar minimum” it would only serve to offset a few years of the warming that has been caused by human activities.