A new model of solar activity hints we may be in for a brief period of cooling climate starting in 2030. The model, which was developed by a team led by Professor Valentina Zharkova of the University of Northumbria, predicts a significant reduction in sunspots and active solar weather. Such periods of solar quiet have been linked in the past to a cooling climate or so-called “mini ice ages”. From 1645-1715, for example, during with the Sun displayed little activity and few sunspots, the climate in Europe turned much colder and major rivers such as the Thames froze over during the winter. Slooh will hold a live show on July 23, 2015 to discuss this new research and what it may mean for a changing climate on Earth.

During our live online show, we will attempt to cut through the hype to understand the science behind Dr. Zharkova’s new model of solar activity. We will learn more about:

  • The causes of the natural cycles of solar activity that influence the numbers of sunspots and solar storms
  • The nature of cycles and supercycles of solar activity
  • The factors that may lead a long period of quiet on the Sun
  • The new features of Professor Zharkova’s model that may lead to more accurate predictions of solar activity
  • How solar activity may be linked to changes in the climate on Earth

During our discussion, we’ll also show live views of sunspots and other activity on the visible face of the Sun from Slooh remote telescopes. Join us on July 23 for this live show to learn more about the Sun and how its complex cycles may affect climate on Earth.


Is the Sun About to Cause a Mini Ice Age?
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