Thursday, August 8, 2013

Sun will soon flip its Magnetic Field

In an earlier posting on Arunachala Mystic entitled “Meaning of Uttarayana and Dakshinayana”, I wrote about the significance of the two seasonal calendar delineations Uttarayana and Dakshinayana, and how the change in the Sun’s relationship with Earth has a significant impact on our lives. 

Further to this correlation between the movement of the sun and its effect on Earth and its inhabitants, I recently read an interesting article on an upcoming shift of the sun’s magnetic field. Below I am posting an extract from a NASA supported narrative detailing this phenomenon, and also a supplementary video. 

As seasonal changes have such a strong impact on our lives, it will be interesting to note the changes effected by the upcoming change in the sun’s magnetic field:-

"In an event that occurs once every 11 years, the magnetic field of the sun will change its polarity in a matter of months, according to information from accredited observatories. 

The flipping of the sun's magnetic field marks the peak of the star's 11-year solar cycle and the halfway point in the sun's "solar maximum" — the peak of its solar weather cycle. 

It is believed that the earth is three to four months away from a complete field reversal and the change will have ripple effects throughout the solar system. 

Amazing Sun Storm Photo

As the field shifts, the "current sheet" — a surface that radiates billions of kilometers outward from the sun's equator — becomes very wavy. Earth orbits the sun, dipping in and out of the waves of the current sheet. It was reported by observatory officials that the transition from a wave to a dip can create stormy space weather around Earth. 

The sun's magnetic field is gearing up to shift, a once in an 11 year event, according to NASA officials. [NASA websites here and here.]

Shift of the Sun's Magnetic Field

The sun's polar magnetic fields weaken, go to zero, and then emerge again with the opposite polarity. This is a regular part of the solar cycle." While the polarity shift can stir up some stormy weather, it also provides extra shielding from dangerous cosmic rays. These high-energy particles, which are accelerated by events like supernova explosions, travel through the Universe at nearly the speed of light; they can harm satellites and astronauts in space but the wrinkled current sheet better protects the planet from these particles. 

 Video explaining the Sun's Magnetic Shift

The effects of the rippled sheet can also be felt throughout the solar system, far beyond Pluto and even touching the barrier of interstellar space. 

The sun's north pole has already changed, 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 underway. 

Experts have said that the current solar maximum is the weakest in 100 years. Usually, at the height of a solar cycle, sunspot activity increases. These dark regions on the sun's surface can give birth to solar flares and ejections, but there have been fewer observed sunspots this year than in the maximums of previous cycles. 

Perhaps in response to nervousness from members of the public, researchers are assuring us that we have nothing to fear from the big solar change about to occur and that “The world will not end tomorrow." To read a current report entitled, “Sun’s Magnetic Field Flip Won’t Doom Earth, Scientists Say,” go to this link here.

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