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AlanM
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« on: August 06, 2013, 09:53:39 AM »


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.

"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."


http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/05aug_fieldflip/
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2013, 10:11:53 AM »

Oh great. Now everyone is going to have to turn all their PV panels upside down.    ballspin
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2013, 10:40:39 AM »

Wow. The earth's field is also due to flip as well which might mess a few things up.
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2013, 10:41:58 AM »

flipping marvellous! hysteria
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2013, 10:55:37 AM »

I knew it,
           I got out of bed this morning and sunnenly it hit me.I was right way up at last. genuflect
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2013, 02:21:26 PM »

Will the week run backwards, and the telly show new programmes rather than repeats. fingers crossed!
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2013, 02:25:58 PM »

Will the Sun's totty be bottomless? whistlie
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2013, 02:36:09 PM »

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.
Which sounds a bit less dramatic when you read...
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The sun's magnetic field changes polarity approximately every 11 years...have been tracking the sun's polar magnetism since 1976, and they have recorded three grand reversals—with a fourth in the offing.
So yes it's "big" (as is just about anything to do with the sun) but it's also neither unexpected nor unprecedented.

but hey it proviked some of the humorous responses, so Grin too.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2013, 12:09:09 AM »

I think they've tried to explain something complicated by replacing it with complete nonsense. The Sun doesn't have a North and South pole.
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« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2013, 10:05:50 AM »

But what happens to page 3  wackoold
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