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Decreasing solar activity will lead to 'mini ice age' by 2030

Llandudno - Scientists are now predicting the Earth is headed into a "mini ice age" within the next 15 to 20 years, something that has not happened for 300 years.

Ancient Atlantic algae provides part of climate change jig-saw

Aarhus - Analysis of ancient sea sediments by researchers based in Denmark demonstrates that the Sun’s impact on Earth’s climate isn’t constant over time but affects climate more when the Earth is cooler.

Auroras in prospect as Sun's magnetic field nears 11 year flip

Stanford - Physicists at California’s Stanford University are preparing to monitor a rare event that comes round only once every 11 years and whose effects will reverberate through the solar system.

NASA finds massive coronal hole on Sun

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spotted a colossal coronal hole forming on the sun, raising the possibility of a solar storm that could make for an impressive auroral light show in the coming days.

Solar event gives prospect of spectacular auroras this weekend

Early yesterday morning NASA released details of an observed solar phenomenon, an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection with the potential to disrupt satellites and communications over the next one to three days.
 

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A sunspot viewed in close-up in ultra-violet light  taken by NASA s TRACE spacecraft.
A sunspot viewed in close-up in ultra-violet light, taken by NASA's TRACE spacecraft.
NASA TRACE via Wikimedia Commons
Montage of images of solar activity between August 1991 and September 2001.
Montage of images of solar activity between August 1991 and September 2001.
Yohkoh/ISAS/Lockheed-Martin/NAOJ/U. Tokyo/NASA
Under the microscope: a circle of diatoms on a slide.
Under the microscope: a circle of diatoms on a slide.
Wikimedia Commons - Wipeter
 The Frozen Thames   a reproduction from the original painting in the collection of the Museum of Lo...
"The Frozen Thames," a reproduction from the original painting in the collection of the Museum of London. It was painted in 1677.
Abraham Hondius
This image of the sun from June 18  2013  shows a coronal hole – that is  an area of cooler  less ...
This image of the sun from June 18, 2013, shows a coronal hole – that is, an area of cooler, less dense material in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona -- in the upper left side, represented in blue.
NASA/SDO

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