What is the ‘Great Solar Minimum’? Can it cause catastrophes on Earth ? Perhaps you have read these days on the internet articles about an ‘unusual’ solar activity that could affect the normal cycle of things here on our planet. The first thing you should know is that NASA experts say this phenomenon of solar activity is not expected to affect us. The Sun generates a key energy so that the Earth receives light and heat and that life is viable on the planet. Furthermore, our position with respect to the Sun is what defines our calendars and our seasons.
The Sun, although we do not notice it with the simple observation, does not always look the same and experiences changes in its energy. The Sun, as described by the NASA space agency , is “a mass of boiling activity” that has disturbances and one of them is called “Solar Minimum”, which is when it has less energy. Now that these phenomena can be ‘predicted’ in good part, some point out that a ‘Great Solar Minimum’ ( GSM ) may be approaching , when the star radiates minimum energy for a long period of time.
But even if this were to happen, scientists say there is no need to worry. The Great Solar Minimum and the great scare In the midst of a global coronavirus pandemic , the mood is not for reading a news that the world will experience a catastrophe due to solar change. The Sun naturally undergoes changes in energy production that are natural. Some of these occur during a normal 11-year period of high radiation (many sunspots) and low activity (fewer sunspots), which are quite predictable, NASA explains.