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Sun's magnetic field is about to flip

Posted on Thursday, 8 August, 2013 | Comment icon 33 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

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NASA believes that the Sun's magnetic field will soon undergo a significant but harmless change.

It might sound worrying but the Sun's magnetic field actually flips all the time - approximately once every 11 years. Observatory measurements indicate that the next flip will be happening very soon and the Sun's poles are already beginning to change. Aside from a few climatic changes here on Earth however the event should not have any appreciable effect on our planet.

"It looks like we're no more than 3 to 4 months away from a complete field reversal," said physicist Todd Hoeksema. "This change will have ripple effects throughout the solar system."

"You won't be able to see it, but it might affect the Earth's climate - the sun's magnetic field is going through a big change."

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Comment icon #24 Posted by Tau Ceti Xeta on 10 August, 2013, 16:23
Wrong. According to NASA the sun is running late! The magnetic poles flipped February 15, 2001. Today is August 10, 2013. 11 Years ???
Comment icon #25 Posted by Ad hoc on 10 August, 2013, 16:38
Comment icon #26 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 10 August, 2013, 21:17
Which parts of the following did you fail to understand?
Comment icon #27 Posted by SkepticalB on 10 August, 2013, 23:31
The suns rays will still reach us the same way, Its still a giant burning ball of gas
Comment icon #28 Posted by Jeremiah65 on 11 August, 2013, 4:07
I'm not a "sun-t@rd but recently there was a huge coronal hole....fascinating....they said it had something to do with the magnetic fields. Maybe that was the sign that indicated the poles are about to flip.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Professor T on 11 August, 2013, 5:46
Does this mean that the light coming from the sun will be upside down?
Comment icon #30 Posted by Ad hoc on 11 August, 2013, 6:38
Yup. everything will be inverted. Sunny days will be black and shadows will glow.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Xpeople on 11 August, 2013, 9:29
I wonder if anyone knows if the earth's magnetic field flips
Comment icon #32 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 11 August, 2013, 10:11
Yes it does. They occur, on average, every 450,000 years, although it is some what random and can occur in as little as 100,000 years or as much as a million years apart.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Xpeople on 2 May, 2014, 21:51
The information from the ocean floor about magnetic field seem to suggest this. Thank you

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