Pat Shingleton: "Maunder Minimum and Serius..."
The aurora and geomagnetic storms are not the only sky events that affect the Earth. Evidence suggests that our planet may be responsive to changes in solar activity. European historians recorded bitterly cold winters, cooler summers, failed harvests and violent storms from 1450 to 1850. The period between 1640 and 1710 was a time when the sun had very few sunspots, resulting in a mini-ice age in Europe called the Maunder Minimum. Even though the sun's output fell to less that 1 percent, it was tiny enough to affect the continent's weather. The English Channel froze solid, glaciers extended southward; thousands froze and starved to death. Regardless of this evidence, the absence between sunspots and our climate remains a topic of debate. Even though our sun fluctuates in luminosity and energy over a period of time it couldn't go dark for 6 billion years. JOsh Eachus has successfully incorporated these days with assistance to pet adoptions. In ancient times, the only evening entertainment was conversing and gazing at the stars. Without artificial lights and smog, inhabitants of Earth would enjoy a star-studded sky and a means of "connecting the dots" thus creating images of animals. The Chinese experienced images different from Native Americans and other cultures. The constellations that are now referenced by astronomers were mapped-out from our European ancestors. From Late July into August Sirius, the "dog star", tags along with the Sun as it rises and sets. Ancient Egyptians believed the heat of this brilliant star added to the Sun's heat to create hot weather. Romans believed the star was so bright that Earth received heat from it. Over the years, theories evolved that the summer heat tended to drive dogs mad, adding to the legend of the "dog-days" of Summer.