US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — According to scientists, the sun has entered the period of “solar minimum” – this is a period of low solar activity, when fewer flashes and spots are formed in the sun.
This entails a decrease in temperature, resulting in earthquakes and crop losses.
Right now, the sun is in such a state – and its activity has plummeted. Scientists say that today we are experiencing the period of the lowest solar activity, since spots from its surface have almost disappeared. According to the astronomer Dr. Tony Phillips, the solar minimum is happening right now and it is in a deep stage.
“The Sun’s magnetic field has become weak, allowing cosmic rays to penetrate the solar system ,” says Phillips. “Excessive cosmic rays pose a threat to the health of astronauts and travelers who are in polar conditions, affect the electrochemistry of the upper atmosphere of the Earth and can provoke lightning.”
NASA scientists fear that this condition may repeat the Dalton minimum that occurred between 1790 and 1830, which led to a severe cooling, loss of crop, famine and powerful volcanic eruptions. Over 20 years, the temperature fell by 2 degrees Celsius, which led to devastating consequences for world food production.
On April 10, 1815, the second largest volcanic eruption occurred in 2000 – a volcano woke up on Mount Tambora in Indonesia, killing about 71,000 people. This phenomenon provoked the so-called year without summer, when it snowed in July 1816. This year they nicknamed “Eighteen hundred and froze to death”, which can be translated as “One Thousand-Eight Hundred-Frozen-to-Death” .
This year the sun was spotless 76% of the time. The figures were higher only last year, when sunspots were absent 77% of the time, writes the New York Post .
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