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THE scariest photo I have seen on the internet is www.spaceweather.com, where you will find a real-time image of the sun from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, located in deep space at the equilibrium point between solar and terrestrial gravity.
Originally posted by Kr0n0s
Speaking of this, I just watched a documentary on this the other day.
It states that it has less to do with sun spots and more to do with the earths elliptical orbit, instead of spherical, around the sun that occurs every 120,000 years or so.
On average, ice ages occur about every 100,000 years, and the next one should begin with plenty of notice in about 60,000 years, indicates Jose Rial, professor of geophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The timing is not exact, he says, and Rial believes he has figured out why. "The Earth circles the sun every year in an orbit that becomes either more elliptical or less elliptical over tens of thousands of years. Variations in the orbit over time chiefly account for the ice ages as differing amounts of sunlight warm the planet."