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Sun's magnetic field about to flip

Sun's magnetic field about to flip

by KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill

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Posted on November 14, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 15 at 2:11 AM

The sun's polarity is getting close to flipping. 

Every 11 years or so, the two hemispheres of the sun reverse their polarity, creating a ripple effect that can be felt throughout the far reaches of the solar system. 

According to scientists working at Stanford University Wilcox Observatory, a flip cycle in polarity is now taking place.  (The above photo of the sun, shows a strong solar flare.)

One of the effects to be expected is an increase in northern lights or auroras, seen above on the planet Saturn and to be expected here on Earth. 

Read more about this occurrence with our nearest star at:  earthsky.org/space/suns-magnetic-field-poised-to-reverse-polarity-scientists-say

Courtesy for the above article to Jim Todd, OMSI Director of Space Science Education.

Meteorologist Rod Hill

 

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