another example of what i recently mentioned:
"this is highly unusual and unexpected," said frank hill, associate director of the nso's solar synoptic network, as the findings of three recent studies were presented which showed that the familiar sunspot cycle may be shutting down and heading toward a pattern of inactivity unseen since the 17th century.
three years ago, nasa solar physicist david hathaway said the extended minimum didn't herald the second coming of the maunder minimum, but now...
who's up for a little ice age?
*"curiously, the duration of the maunder minimum (1645–1715) coincides very closely with the reign of king louis xiv of france (1643–1715), known as the sun king."
diurnal sunshine of the spotless sun: