THE Sun has ‘gone blank’ for the fourth time this year, and it could herald the arrival of an Ice Age — it has been claimed.
This chilling prediction is based on analysis of the solar surface, which is currently exhibiting a distinct lack of action.
Normally, the face of our parent star is pocked by sunspots.
According to the Sun, it’s looking as smooth as a billiard ball right now and sunspots are appearing at the lowest rate for 10,000 years as solar activity slows down.
On the website Space Weather, a forecaster said there were more blank suns to come.
“There will be lots of spotless suns,” they said.
“At first, the blank stretches will be measured in days; later in weeks and months.
“The current blank spell is the 4th such interval of 2016, so far.”
Meteorologist Paul Dorian told The Daily Star that the sharp decline in solar activity could be a sign of a new Ice Age.
“If history is any guide, it is safe to say that weak solar activity for a prolonged period of time can have a cooling impact on global temperatures in the troposphere which is the bottom most layer of Earth’s atmosphere—and where we all live.”
This latest event comes just days after warnings of a solar storm, that had the potential to disrupt technology, including mobile phones.