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    Sun's Magnetic Field Reversal Still A Scientific Mystery -- If you're confused about the sun's impending magnetic field flip, don't feel bad — scientists don't fully understand it, either. The sun's magnetic field will reverse its polarity three or four months from now, researchers say, just as it does every 11 years at the peak of the solar activity cycle. While solar physicists know enough about this strange phenomenon to predict when it will occur, its ultimate causes remain mysterious.

    • Torrie Johnson-Simshauser

      Image Credit: NASA According to NASA, over the course of the next few months, the sun’s magnetic field will flip — just as it does every 11 years (like clockwork).

    • nat brzack

      The sun’s magnetic field is about to flip, according to measurements from NASA-supported observatories. "This change will have ripple effects throughout the solar system," says solar physicist Todd Hoeksema of Stanford University. (The sun's magnetic field changes polarity about every 11 years.) | Not sure if I believe this, would have to do some research.

    • Emilio Casiano

      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."

    • Bo -C

      The vast magnetic field of the sun will flip its polarity in a matter of months, according new observations by NASA-supported observatorie.The sun's magnetic field changes polarity approximately every 11 years, at the peak of each solar cycle.

    • William E. (Bill) Smith

      Oct 2013 : The Sun's Magnetic Field is about to Flip (within 2 months). Normal 11 year cycle. But also Coincides with Comet ISON being closest point to sun. Could the combination provide just enough stress to the Comet shell to cause shattering. If it does will exploded particles cross earth's path causing amazing meteor showers in late January?? 50-50 chance say experts.

    • Dawn

      The Sun Will Flip Its Magnetic Field Soon In an event that occurs once every 11 years, the magnetic field of the sun will change its polarity in a matter of months - AccuWeather

    • corruption 14

      Sun will flip its magnetic field soonThe sun is gearing up for a major solar flip, NASA says. In an event that occurs once every 11 years, the magnetic field of the sun will change its polarity in a matter of months, according new observations by NASA-supported observatories.

    • Teresa Felton

      Sun's Magnetic Field Will Flip Soon. Every 11 years or so, the two hemispheres of the sun reverse their polarity, creating a ripple effect that can be felt throughout the solar system. The sun is currently going through one of those flips in its cycle. That activity affects the Earth's magnetic field, which affects technology on Earth like GPS systems and power grids. The uptick in solar activity can also create brilliant auroras on Earth and on certain planets of the solar system.

    • J. D. "Dougie" Black-Langford

      Sun will flip its magnetic field soon, #NASA says - NBC #Astronomy #Science

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