Alex Ansary, Outside the Box TV - Mid June 2019
We are now officially in the solar minimum, also called a deep solar minimum. NASA predicts it will be at it's lowest point in 2020. Concerns are mounting regarding a return of a “little ice age” similar to the last one between 1650 and 1710 when temperatures plunged when the Sun entered a very quiet phase now called the Maunder Minimum. This was the period of time where there was the least amount of sunspots in the last millennia. Deep solar minimums have been linked to numerous periods of decreased temperatures.
I also want to note that there are periods where society seems to wake up to the relevancy of the changes in the Sun's activity and how we are affected. We are currently in the “quiet before the storm” part of the cycle but how often is it that the quiet is needed for the mind to make sense out of the data while solar maximums might have us in a more action oriented mode or mentality with deeper thought taking a backseat among the noise.
Astronomers typically associate periods of solar minimums with colder temperatures because of “natural heating mechanism” of the Sun subsides. This involves UV radiation warming the upper reaches of the earth's atmosphere. NASA has stated the Earth's atmosphere cools during this process and can collapse, to a degree. This causes space junk to drag, threatening satellites in the process. Cosmic rays hit the upper atmosphere as the heliosophere around our solar system is weakened. These high energy particles can poise health risks, esp. at higher elevations.
Dean Pasnell said “During solar minimum, the Sun's magnetic field weakens and provides less shielding. “
Solar maxim is a shortened term also used for the more active part of the cycle.
Guiliona Toma says “Usually at solar minimum, the coronal holes are at the Sun's poles. Therefore earth receives solar wind from only the edges of these holds and it's not very fast.”
Solar minimums are not totally boring and the less active cycle has been linked to our earth's weakening magnetic field, meaning we are even more vulnerable to the effects of solar flares and other fields of energy. M class solar flares could have the impact of X class solar flares or more.
The earth continues to experience geomagnetic storms even during periods of a spotless Sun due to portals connecting the Sun to earth that open and close, changing locations every 8-9 minutes baffling scientists. The Sun's rotation every 27-28 days releases solar plasma and particles into space at a slower rate and more spread out as opposed to a direct solar flare. Other stars can create geomagnetic storms and this new information challenges our understanding at present of all the factors involved here that are affecting our planet's field.
Recently (June 14th 2019) the news was alive with alarm and war drums with discussions of a oil tanker explosion, blamed on Iran. Tensions continue to build after a US drone was shot down. There were plans to attack that were reportedly called off. People are at the edge of their seat over this. How many of them know that within a day or 24 hours of the explosion, earth was experiencing a geomagnetic storm?
Deep solar minimums can awaken with activity from CMEs, to solar flares, unannounced, and causing massive reactions down on the ground here on earth. Going from low activity to suddenly high activity can easily affect society in biological ways and as people get emotional quickly, their emotions can quickly bounce off each other in a loop. Know when and how to disconnect from that.
Earlier in June of 2019, a geomagnetic storm was recorded as Dallas, TX saw a freak storm and fast winds blew a crane into a apartment building as power went down to hundreds of thousands in a week where the news pointed to a map of murders going up across the city. Meanwhile across the planet in Hong Kong, 1 million protesters mobilized to voice opposition to China's new extradition bill.
This isn't even 1 percent of the correlations that I've personally noticed between space weather and major headlines since first discovering the connection over a decade ago.