Sun ‘flips upside down’ while reversing magnetic poles — RT News

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The sun has undergone a “complete field reversal,” with its north and south poles changing places as it marks the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24.

“A reversal of the sun's magnetic field is, literally, a big event,” NASA’s Dr. Tony Phillips said in a statement issued on the space agency’s website. 

“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,” Stanford solar physicist Phil Scherrer explained. 

While it may seem like the event could have catastrophic repercussions for the galaxy, its effects are actually more subtle, mostly interfering with space exploration. 

“Cosmic rays are a danger to astronauts and space probes, and some researchers say they might affect the cloudiness and climate of Earth,” said Phillips. 

Both the aurora borealis and its southern counterpart – the australis – are set to become broader, more frequent, and more visible now that the event has reached its final stage.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Could result in a Little Ice Age????? I was all set to buy a gondola and move to Manhattan.

  2. In reply to #1 by rjohn19:

    Could result in a Little Ice Age????? I was all set to buy a gondola and move to Manhattan.

    Hahahahaha… lovely!

  3. While it may seem like the event could have catastrophic repercussions for the galaxy,…

    The Solar system. The galaxy doesn’t give damn about our tiny neighbourhood.

  4. In reply to #4 by DHudson:

    While it may seem like the event could have catastrophic repercussions for the galaxy,…

    The Solar system. The galaxy doesn’t give damn about our tiny neighbourhood.

    But RT News, is using science duffers who can’t tell a solar-system from a galaxy, as science journalists!

    Ah! Well – As astronauts say, “All systems nominal!”

  5. “Insert joke about reversing the polarity to achieve whatever plothole needs to be filled.”

  6. In reply to #2 by Modesti:

    In reply to #1 by rjohn19:

    Could result in a Little Ice Age????? I was all set to buy a gondola and move to Manhattan.

    Hahahahaha… lovely!

    With global warming and all that, we will need to cool off with “a little ice-age” every 22 years or so!

  7. I’m hoping that I will get a chance to see the aurora borealis. Is there a way to predict when/if viewing will be possible??

  8. In reply to #8 by QuestioningKat:

    I’m hoping that I will get a chance to see the aurora borealis. Is there a way to predict when/if viewing will be possible??

    Here’s a link to NOAA Space Weather Center where you can follow the solar activity.

    2014 should be a good year.

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