Thursday, 8 August 2013

The Sun's Magnetic Field Is About To Flip

image credit NASA

Something big is about to happen on the sun. According to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun's vast magnetic field is about to flip. This change will have ripple effects throughout the solar system.

The sun's magnetic field changes polarity approximately every 11 years. It happens at the peak of each solar cycle as the sun's inner magnetic dynamo re-organizes itself. The coming reversal will mark the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24. Half of 'Solar Max' will be behind us, with half yet to come.

(thanks Miss Rare)

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