NASA scientists who monitor the Sun say that our star's awesome magnetic field is about to flip
August 5, 2013: 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.
NASA Science - Science News
"It looks like we're no more than 3 to 4 months away from a complete field reversal," says solar physicist Todd Hoeksema of Stanford University. "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.A reversal of the sun's magnetic field is, literally, a big event. The domain of the sun's magnetic influence (also known as the "heliosphere") extends billions of kilometers beyond Pluto. Changes to the field's polarity ripple all the way out to the Voyager probes, on the doorstep of interstellar space.
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EVERY ELEVEN YEARS or so, the Sun goes through a magnetic reversal -- the pole that has had a positive electrical field becomes negative, and the pole that has been negative becomes positive. This shift occurs during what scientists call a "solar maximum," when the number of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) on the Sun usually dramatically increase.
We are currently a solar maximum period. And, although the number and size of CMEs in this particular solar maximum have not met the expectations of scientists, the CMEs do seem to be succeeding in their purpose.
The solar magnetic "flip" made news headlines this week because scientists believe it should happen sometime in the next three to four months.
A NASA ARTICLE from 2003 explains how the process appears to work:
"The CMEs blast billions of tons of electrified gas into space, carrying away the Sun's old magnetic field and allowing a new one with a flipped orientation to form. Apparently random CMEs turn out to be signs of the Sun's diligent housekeeping. It keeps sweeping away, out into space, untidy magnetic fields created by sunspots and other contortions in its atmosphere.
"The climax comes in a busy period of 'spring cleaning' after the count of sunspots has peaked, every 11 years. It leaves the Sun with its main magnetic field completely overturned, and its north and south magnetic poles swapped around."
WHAT DOES this event mean for us? In "real terms," we can expect more evidence of the interaction of the energy fields of the Sun and our planet Earth, through auroras and variations in Earth's electromagnetic field. But, as an astrologer, I am of course even more fascinated in what the potentials are for us humans, in personal and spiritual terms.
One thing that intrigues me is that evidently the magnetic flip on the Sun is not instantaneous, but can be drawn out over several months. The last flip occurred from 2000 through 2002. The north pole on the Sun completed its reversal by November 2000, but the south pole was not done with the switch until May 2002.
Like most changes in life, the Sun's magnetic shift appears to be a process rather than an sudden event.
I ALSO find it interesting to consider that since our Sun started a new magnetic cycle in 2000-2002, our planet and we ourselves also began a new cycle around that time. If I think about my own life, I am aware of significant changes that occurred during those two years, changes that have in some ways defined these past 11 years.
Now we are poised to begin a new cycle once again. We are both completing the phase we've been living in and preparing to initiate a new phase.
Pam Younghan @ NorthPoint Journal-Astrology
From Pam's Blog Site
Thursday, August 15, 2013
In last week's Journal, I talked a bit about our being in a time of "solar maximum," when there tend to be more coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Because these waves of solar energy can affect electromagnetics here on Earth, we can tend to feel a bit anxious when considering their arrival.
But, I think we can look at the purpose of these solar winds, and feel anticipation and excitement instead of anxiety or fear. Just as this solar activity is what allows the Sun to shift its magnetic poles to begin a new cycle of growth, it also encourages and enables us to shift energetically and lift our consciousness to a new level.
So, the next time we hear about incoming solar winds, we can benefit most from imagining those winds lifting us to the next higher level vibrationally -- which is a very good thing!