The International solar conference was held June 1-6 at Montana State University. Approximately 100 scientists from Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and North America gathered to talk about "Solar Variability, Earth's Climate and the Space Environment."
The scientists said periods of inactivity are normal for the sun, but this period has gone on longer than usual. Today's sun, however, is as inactive as it was two years ago, and scientists aren't sure why.
In the past, they observed that the sun once went 50 years without producing sunspots. That period coincided with a little ice age on Earth that lasted from 1650 to 1700.See also Science Daily June 9, 2008