Zharkova holds a BSc/MSc in Applied Mathematics and Astronomy & a Ph.D. in Astrophysics. She discovered Sunquakes and published several papers in Nature. Her research that suggests the Sun may soon enter a period of significantly reduced activity received quite a lot of attacks.
Zharkova says the facts were right in front of them and that she is quite confident in their results. "In 5 - 10 years we are gonna see who is right," she said. "I'm quite confident what we've done is correct."
The reduced solar activity could possibly cause a mini ice age similar to the Maunder Minimum in just 15 years from now. Their forecasting model has shown to have a 97% accuracy when mapping the past movements of Sunspots, using data of solar cycles.
The interview is quite short (about half an hour) and presents key findings from the study 'without fear mongering and mean-spirited remarks toward the warming crowd.' This is what science should be about… https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=_wB46mgJrzI
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