Sun Will Flip Its Magnetic Field Soon

The 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.  The flipping of the sun's magnetic field marks the peak of the 
star's 11-year solar cycle and the halfway point in the sun's "solar maximum" — 
the peak of its solar weather cycle.

"It looks like we're no more than three to four months away from a complete 
field reversal," Todd Hoeksema, the director of Stanford University's Wilcox 
Solar Observatory, said in a statement. "This change will have ripple effects 
throughout the solar system."    As the field shifts, the "current sheet" — a 
surface that radiates billions of kilometers outward from the sun's equator — 
becomes very wavy, NASA officials said. Earth orbits the sun, dipping in and 
out of the waves of the current sheet. The transition from a wave to a dip can 
create stormy space weather around Earth, NASA officials said.

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