Maunder minimum


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Maunder minimum

(mawn -der) See sunspot cycle.

maunder minimum

[′mȯn·dər ′min·ə·məm]
(astronomy)
A period of time from about 1650 to 1710 when the sun did not appear to have sunspots.
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The new measurements offer an important constraint on the models trying to explain the weak activity and possible reduced brightness of the Sun during the Maunder minimum.
In Nature's January 31st Scientific Reports, Mathew Owens (University of Reading, UK) and colleagues look back to the Maunder Minimum in order to anticipate solar and auroral activity (or the lack thereof) in our near future.
The number of hurricane-caused shipwrecks during the Maunder Minimum, which makes up a large portion of a period nicknamed the "Little Ice Age," was less than a third the number of wrecks in the preceding decades.
1) Als Maunder Minimum wird eine Periode stark verringerter Sonnenfleckenaktivitat in den Jahren zwischen 1645 und 1715 bezeichnet.
Green added that there is a very strong hint that the Sun is acting in the same way now as it did in the run-up to the Maunder Minimum, when freezing winters swept across Europe.
Not to forget the Maunder Minimum AD 1645-1715 which produced the Little Ice Age, and the Solar Storm of AD 1859.
The Maunder Minimum is considered to extend between 1645 and 1715.
There was a period from 1645 to 1715 when the sun showed similar lack of sunspots, this was the Maunder minimum when trees stopped growing and the River Thames froze.
History shows, for example, that very few sunspots were observed from 1650 to 1700, a period known as the Maunder Minimum when Europe endured particularly bitter winters.
Sceptics have drawn this conclusion because scientists have discovered a correlation between a period of low solar activity known as the Maunder Minimum (from the late-seventeenth into the eighteenth century) and low sunspot activity.
During the 17th century, which was an unusually cold period on Earth, the sun had very little magnetic activity for about a century - the Maunder Minimum, coincident with the Little Ice Age.
During the last such event on the sun between 1645 and 1715 - and known as the Maunder Minimum - people skated on a frozen Thames as the average temperature in England fell by almost 2degC.