Sun’s magnetic field has flipped upside-down in a total pole reversal

Staff Writer | December 30, 2013

Sunday the sun flipped its magnetic poles, reaching the mid-point of solar cycle 24

Sun(INTELLIHUB) — The first half of solar cycle 24 was completed Sunday, after the sun’s magnetic poles reversed.

Each complete solar cycle lasts 22 years, meaning the sun will once again flip its poles 11-years from now.

Scientists say that this is typical behavior for the sun and that we shouldn’t be alarmed, according to reports.

The following video was released by NASA detailing the event:

The Independent reported:

“A reversal of the sun’s magnetic field is, literally, a big event,” said Nasa’s Dr. Tony Phillips.

“The domain of the sun’s magnetic influence (also known as the ‘heliosphere’) extends billions of kilometers beyond Pluto. Changes to the field’s polarity ripple all the way out to the Voyager probes, on the doorstep of interstellar space.”


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