In the next 30 years, our sun could dim significantly, leaving us with conditions that could create a ‘mini ice age.’
That’s according to new research from scientists who say they’ve figured out a way to track the sun’s 11-year cycle.
It’s commonly known that the sun moves through an 11-year cycle where, similar to a heartbeat, it experiences active and quiet periods known as the solar maximum and solar minimum.
Now, scientists from the University of California, San Diego believe they’ve pinpointed exactly when the next solar minimum could occur, saying the sun could become ‘unusually cool’ as soon as 2050.
By 2050, the sun could experience conditions last seen during the ‘Maunder Minimum,’ an event in
the mid 17th century when temps were low enough to freeze London’s River Thames. File photo
They’re calling the next cold period a ‘grand minimum,’ during which conditions could echo those experienced in Europe in the mid-17th century.
Called the ‘Maunder Minimum,’ temperatures were low enough to cause London’s River Thames to freeze over.
Additionally, the Baltic Sea was frozen to such an extent that a Swedish army was able to invade Denmark in 1658 on foot by marching across the ice.