Scientists warn the sun will 'go to sleep' in 2030 and could cause temperatures to plummet"The new model of the Sun's solar cycle is producing unprecedentedly accurate predictions of irregularities within the Sun's 11-year heartbeat.
New study claims to have cracked predicting solar cycles
Says that between 2030 and 2040 solar cycles will cancel each other out
Could lead to 'Maunder minimum' effect that saw River Thames freeze over
It draws on dynamo effects in two layers of the Sun, one close to the surface and one deep within its convection zone.
Predictions from the model suggest that solar activity will fall by 60 per cent during the 2030s to conditions last seen during the 'mini ice age' that began in 1645, according to the results presented by Prof Valentina Zharkova at the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno.
The model predicts that the pair of waves become increasingly offset during Cycle 25, which peaks in 2022.
During Cycle 26, which covers the decade from 2030-2040, the two waves will become exactly out of synch and this will cause a significant reduction in solar activity.
'In cycle 26, the two waves exactly mirror each other – peaking at the same time but in opposite hemispheres of the Sun,' said Zharkova.
'Their interaction will be disruptive, or they will nearly cancel each other.
'We predict that this will lead to the properties of a 'Maunder minimum''"We know that this cannot be wrong, because (a) it is a computer program, and (b) these guys are Experts, and therefore: nobody - NOBODY - had better question them.
Oh wait. I forgot. The sun has nothing to do with AGW, only CO2, and why? It has to be the fault of humans, that nasty infestation of Goddess Gaia. So of course the feedback will cause Gaia's sun to react in order to compensate, and Hell will freeze over. I'm beginning to see how it all fits together...