Right now, the sun should be at its 11-year activity peak, with sunspots exploding and sending massive flares of heat into the solar system. But, according to a BBC World Service report, scientists said the sun has been relatively dormant.
This could send the earth into a mini ice age, the scientists said.
The sun’s inactivity mirrors a period in the 1600s called the Maunder Minimum.
During that period, the earth experienced a mini ice age. Snow cover increased across the globe and normally warm bodies of water iced over.
Scientists told the BBC there is a 20 percent chance the sun will send the planet into a mini ice age again. If it did, it would start in about 40 years.