The sun, it appears will remain the center of everyone’s universe for quite some time. The latest news from NASA reports a major change to come in the sun’s magnetic field. In other words, the sun is about to flip.
Having reached the peak of its cycle, the sun is going to reverse its polarity, causing a major change in the inter-galatic magnetic force in the solar system, in just a few weeks. Was this to happen a year earlier in 2012, conspiracy theorists would have had a field day, and who’s to blame them? The headline does sound like a doomsday warning.
However rest assured, the earth is not swallowing you anytime soon. The sun also has two poles, North and South, and at the peak of every solar cycle, their polarity reverses. For a brief period of time the magnetic forces weaken, become zero and then emerge again with opposite charges. In simpler language, the sun magnetic plane will flip 180`.
Still think this is a sign of apopcalyse with no chance of survival? Rest assured this has happened before. The phenomenon occurs every 11 years and has been tracked by scientists since 1976. Therefore this reversal will be the fourth for the sun under observation, and countless without.
What this reversal means for you?
Of course the change in polarity is big news. The sun making up 99.8% of the mass of the solar system, extends its magnetic field billions of kilometers beyond Pluto. The planets will no doubt be affected. Here on earth, it could be translated into weather storms, nothing we aren’t used to already. Don’t expect to see metallic objects flying out in the opposite direction, or giant frogs leaping from the sky.
Do expect to experience a disruption in satellites and radios. Changing magnetic fields will no doubt cause radio blackouts, which means you might not get to hear the latest Beyonce song on the radio. Maybe it is apocalyptic after all.
If you are a nature buff, you are in for a treat. The northern lights or auroras will be brighter, and therefore can be visible easily from the earth.
All in all, scientists continue to reassure us, while this event has some implications; there is nothing to worry about. Yet.