Sun Ready to Flip Its Magnetic Fields
It's part of a regular 11-year cycle
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2013 7:34 AM CDT
Updated Aug 7, 2013 7:44 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Sun feel a little off to you these days? Congratulations on being finely attuned to the inner workings of the solar system. The sun is in the process of reversing its magnetic fields, and the full process should be complete before the year is out, reports Space.com. It may sound like a doomsday plot twist, but the reversal occurs every 11 years at the peak of the sun's solar cycle, explains the Huffington Post.

"The sun's polar magnetic fields weaken, go to zero, and then emerge again with the opposite polarity," says Stanford physicist Phil Scherrer. In fact, "the sun's north pole has already changed sign, while the south pole is racing to catch up." The peak of the cycle usually is associated with an increase in sunspots and solar flares, but this year's peak is relatively tame. The flip, then, should occur with most earthlings being none the wiser.

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onemanonewoman
Aug 7, 2013 3:45 PM CDT
Get ready for a big freeze, global cooling, that is.
HMD-SMD-ITY
Aug 7, 2013 3:22 PM CDT
Along with following ice core research at the south pole, I've followed the reversal of Earth's magnetic field. We are overdue for a smaller reversal. Land core samples show we've had many of them before and they can randomly through time. Our next reversal is overdue and nobody know for sure what it will do to migratory patterns, natural global warming cycles, and weather patterns. Rest assured it can't be good.
robke
Aug 7, 2013 2:33 PM CDT
When the sun reverses polarity, San Francisco will be magically transformed into a flamboyant mecca for heterosexuals. Sorry guys...