Sun Experiencing Less Active Phase

THE SUN IS GOING THROUGH A LESS ACTIVE PHASE CALLED A "SOLAR MINIMUM."

(CNN) – The sun is currently going through a less active phase called a solar minimum.

That’s when the sun is much quieter, meaning less sunspots and energy.

In the next few decades, some solar scientists think that we could go into a “grand solar minimum.”

The last time this occurred was between 1650 and 1715, during what’s known as the little ice age in earth’s Northern Hemisphere.

But they say this solar minimum won’t spark another ice age and that’s likely due to climate change.

This week, the NASA Sun & Space tweeted that “this cycle affects the frequency of space weather events, but it doesn’t have a major effect on earth’s climate, even an extended minimum wouldn’t have a significant effect on global temperature.”

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