Sun Set To 'Flip Upside Down' Within Weeks

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Sun Set To 'Flip Upside Down' Within Weeks

Post  wyatt1 on Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:06 am

The Sun is to lose one of its two south poles as its magnetic field flips over, sending a "ripple" throughout space.

12:36pm UK, Friday 15 November 2013


The Sun swaps its north and south poles once every 11 years


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The Sun's magnetic field is expected to flip upside down within weeks as its north and south poles swap sides.
The phenomenon, which will send "ripple effects" throughout the solar system, happens once every 11 years as the solar cycle reaches its peak.
It will be observed throughout the heliosphere - the vast region of space affected by the Sun's magnetic field, which extends billions of miles beyond Pluto.
The swap could cause intergalactic weather events such as geomagnetic storms, which can cause radio blackouts and interfere with satellites.
The heightened solar activity it coincides with is also expected to give stargazers a better glimpse of the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights.
Todd Hoeksema, a scientist at Stanford University's Wilcox Solar Observatory, said the polar reversal takes place as the Sun's magnetic field moves north or south from the equator, eroding the existing pole as it does so.
"It's kind of like a tide coming in or going out," he said. "Each little wave brings a little more water in, and eventually you get to the full reversal."
Latest measurements show the Sun technically has two south poles, caused by its two hemispheres being out of sync.
Phil Scherrer, who works with Mr Hoeksema at the observatory, said: "The north pole has already changed sign, while the south pole is racing to catch up.
"Soon, however, both poles will be reversed, and the second half of solar max will be under way."
Mr Hoeksema said in early August that a "complete field reversal" looked like being "no more than three to four months away".
Instruments at the solar observatory near San Francisco have been staring at the Sun for nearly 40 years and record its magnetic field every day.


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Re: Sun Set To 'Flip Upside Down' Within Weeks

Post  Flap Zappa on Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:21 am

yes that huge ball of fusing hydrogen has a lot to answer for. Sarcostrophe It wouldn't surprise me if it affected the climate somehow.  Sarcostrophe 

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Post  wyatt1 on Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:26 am

Flap Gallagher wrote:yes that huge ball of fusing hydrogen has a lot to answer for. Sarcostrophe It wouldn't surprise me if it affected the climate somehow.  Sarcostrophe 
They will no doubt tax us for it.
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Post  eddie on Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:54 am

Of course it'll affect the planet and the weather etc.
How couldn't it???
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Post  wyatt1 on Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:58 am

eddie wrote:Of course it'll affect the planet and the weather etc.
How couldn't it???
They are keeping amazingly quiet about it aren't they.

It will probably affect a whole range of computerised  items.
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Post  eddie on Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:14 am

wyatt1 wrote:
They are keeping amazingly quiet about it aren't they.

It will probably affect a whole range of computerised  items.

Hmmmm. I reckon so too wyatt. Perhaps flap will go up in smoke??  ROFL 
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Post  Flap Zappa on Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:31 am

it happens on a regular basis.

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Post  wyatt1 on Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:14 am

Flap Gallagher wrote:it happens on a regular basis.
There was talk of the Earth's Magnetic Field doing a flip   as well some time ago,  haven't heard anything about it lately. That would be interesting.

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Post  Lord Edmund Moletrousers on Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:12 pm

wyatt1 wrote:
They will no doubt tax us for it.

I can imagine the Chancellor's budget statement..."As a temporary measure, the government will next April introduce a Solar Inversion Tax....."
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