Analysis of the sun has revealed that there has been a sharp decrease in the amount of sunspots this year.
Sunspots release solar flares and vast amounts of magnetic energy.
For the fourth time this year, the sun has gone blank, which has led some experts to believe that a new Ice Age is on the horizon and could hit us by 2019.
According to SpaceWeather.com, the occurrence of a spotless sun is going to become more regular.
It said: “There will be lots of spotless suns.
“At first, the blank stretches will be measured in days; later in weeks and months.
“The current blank spell is the fourth such interval of 2016, so far.”
Meteorologist Paul Dorian believes that this is indicative behaviour of an approaching Ice Age.
He told the Daily Star: “If history is any guide, it is safe to say that weak solar activity for a prolonged period of time can have a cooling impact on global temperatures in the troposphere which is the bottom most layer of Earth’s atmosphere — and where we all live.”
Sunspot activity reaches goes in cycles of reaching its peak and back to minimum activity every 12 years or so.
The next time it is set to reach its minimum is in 2019, which could herald a new Ice Age.
The last time there was such low solar activity was in the 15th century, when a mini Ice Age occurred, causing the Thames to freeze over in 1607.