Coronal mass ejection as viewed by the Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 7, 2011
Scientists are saying that the Sun has entered a phase of Solar lull, which in essence, means it has fallen asleep. The scientists feel this could lead to another ice age
. History suggests that periods of unusual "solar lull" coincide with bitterly cold winters
The sun's activity hit a dramatic low in 2008
, a historic lull that caused a similar drop in magnetic effects on Earth - with an eight-month lag, a new study suggests.The study found that many magnetic changes on Earth are indeed strongly linked to the solar activity cycle
, though not in perfect synchrony, and it can help scientists map out some causes. The speed of the solar wind - the 1-million-mph stream of particles coming from the sun - as well as the strength and direction of the magnetic fields embedded in it helped produce the low readings on our planet, researchers said.