Experts just said that our beloved planet could be hit by a mini ice age as a solar minimum could last until 2050. This solar minimum was called a kind of solar hibernation.
The Sun entered the solar minimum about two years ago
It’s been revealed that our sun actually entered this solar minimum about two years ago, and since then, energy from the host star began to lessen.
It’s been also revealed that the sun will be entering a period of hibernation this year – this is called a Grand Solar Minimum (GSM).
It’s been also revealed that prof. Valentina Zharkova, from the department of mathematics, physics, and electrical engineering at Northumbria University, warned that such a thing could cause global temperatures to drop by one degrees Celsius.
This might seem like a not so mind-blowing drop, but it could still have massive implications for the planet, and these could include a slow down in the agricultural production.
Exerts also said that this period of hibernation could last for about three decades, and the end result would be colder and wetter summers.
GSM comes about every 400 years
Prof Zharkova told The Sun: “The Sun is approaching a hibernation period. Fewer sunspots will be formed on the solar surface, and thus less energy and radiation will be emitted towards the planets and the Earth.”
She continued and explained, “The reduction in temperature will result in cold weathers on Earth, wet and cold summers, cold and wet winters. We will possibly get big frosts as is happening now in Canada where they see [temperatures] of -50C.”
It’s also important to note that this is just the beginning of the GSM, and more will come during the next three decades. Also, the last GSM came about 400 years ago, in the 17th century.
Speaking of changes in the global weather, it’s been revealed that there’s a study made by the British and American scientists, which says that there’s a huge sheet of ice that is called the “doomsday glacier” – this is in great danger.