New mini-ice age coming? OMSI doesn’t think so

Recent pictures show the sun almost like a cue ball or blank

The sun with flares as the moon crosses in front, 2014 (NASA)
The sun with flares as the moon crosses in front, 2014 (NASA)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Some scientists are concerned with a lack of spots on the sun.

Recent pictures show the sun almost like a cue ball or blank.

The sun follows a pattern of activity for 11 years, from maximum activity to minimal activity.

Some scientists warn a lack of spots could send the earth into a mini-ice age, but scientists at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry don’t think that’s the case.

“There will be sunspots, but there are going to be fewer and fewer in years to come. Then it will start to expand, and we’ll start to see lots of solar activity as we head into solar cycle 25,” said Jim Todd, planetarium manager at OMSI.

He went on to say this pattern is normal. It just means Earth will see fewer solar flares interrupting technology and fewer auroras.