In this paper we have examined the real behaviour of solar activity during the period AD 1400–1600. The results are as follows: (l)the distributions of the 20 naked-eye sunspot records are inhomogeneous. There are 2 sightings in the 15th century and 18 sightings in the 16th century; (2) the distributions of auroral records are similar to sunspot. There are 33 records in the 15th century and 315 records in the 16th century; (3) the climatic fluctuations in China shows that the period AD 1430–1520 was cold while the period AD 1520–1620 was warm. These facts clearly demonstrate that the Spörer Minimum, if it extended from AD 1460 to 1550, could be a specious results and it, if its extent was AD 1400–1510, is a real feature of solar variability in that time.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yaotiao Jiang
    • 1
  • Zhentao Xu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AstronomyNanjing UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.Purple Mountain ObservatoryNanjingChina

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