ScienceCasts: The Sun’s Magnetic Field is About to Flip


[ music ] The Sun’s Magnetic Field is about to Flip – presented by [email protected] 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.’ The sun’s magnetic field changes polarity approximately every 11 years. It happens at the peak of each solar cycle as the sun’s inner magnetic dynamo re-organizes itself. The coming reversal will mark the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24; half of ‘Solar Max’ will be behind us, with half yet to come. Hoeksema is the director of Stanford’s Wilcox Solar Observatory, one of the few observatories in the world that monitor the sun’s polar magnetic fields. The poles are a herald of change. Just as Earth scientists watch our planet’s polar regions for signs of climate change, solar physicists do the same thing for the sun. Magnetograms at Wilcox have been tracking the sun’s polar magnetism since 1976, and they have recorded three grand reversals- with a fourth in the offing. Solar physicist Phil Scherrer, also at Stanford, describes what happens: ‘The sun’s polar magnetic fields weaken, go to zero, and then emerge again with the opposite polarity. This is a regular part of the solar cycle.’ A reversal of the sun’s magnetic field is, literally, a big event. 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. When solar physicists talk about solar field reversals, their conversation often centers on the ‘current sheet.’ The current sheet is a sprawling surface jutting outward from the sun’s equator where the sun’s slowly-rotating magnetic field induces an electrical current. The current itself is small, only one ten-billionth of an amp per square meter, but there’s a lot of it: the amperage flows through a region 10,000 km thick and billions of kilometers wide. Electrically speaking, the entire heliosphere is organized around this enormous sheet. During field reversals, the current sheet becomes very wavy. Scherrer likens the undulations to the seams on a baseball. As Earth orbits the sun, we dip in and out of the current sheet. Transitions from one side to another can stir up stormy space weather around our planet. Cosmic rays are also affected. These are high-energy particles accelerated to nearly light speed by supernova explosions and other violent events in the galaxy. Cosmic rays are a danger to astronauts and space probes, and some researchers say they might affect the cloudiness and climate of Earth. The current sheet acts as a barrier to cosmic rays, deflecting them as they attempt to penetrate the inner solar system. A wavy, crinkly sheet acts as a better shield against these energetic particles from deep space. As the field reversal approaches, data from Wilcox show that the sun’s two hemispheres are oddly out of sync. ‘The sun’s north pole has already changed sign, while the south pole is racing to catch up,’ says Scherrer. ‘Soon, however, both poles will be reversed, and the second half of Solar Max will be underway.’ When that happens, Hoeksema and Scherrer will share the news with their colleagues and the public. For updates about this– and other big events in the solar system– stay tuned to

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100 thoughts on “ScienceCasts: The Sun’s Magnetic Field is About to Flip”

  1. TheMatrixDNA says:

    of Cosmological Evolution for suspecting that there is a single Universal Evolution, the Big Bang to man (see the astronomical models on my website).

  2. TheMatrixDNA says:

    Ask to academics what forces existed in the nebula that created the phenomenon of magnetic poles in the stars. Without knowing the causes and origins and no way to measure or observ directly in the sun what are their magnetic fields, the academic theory is shooting in the dark. On the other hand, the Theory of Matrix/ DNA suggests causes and origins for all material that exists in this universe because I projected the known mechanisms of biological evolution over the unknown mechanisms

  3. TheMatrixDNA says:

    and the proton becomes a neutron, creating an eternal cyclic equillibrium. The exchange occurs by a particle called pion. Somehow the stars inherited this mechanism and makes their pole proton becoming a neutron pole every 11 years. It makes no sense calling a solar pole as South and the other, North. South and North in relation to what point of reference? If the galaxy, and maybe the Universe, are sphericals?!

    This theory is more logical, rational, than the academic theory.

  4. TheMatrixDNA says:

    neutrons that causes the nuclear glue, adapted for the astronomical conditions, Think of the neutron as a point that inflates energy forming a balloon till exploding due the excess of energy. At his side is the proton, a balloon full of energy that empties until becoming a point and disappear for lack of energy. But when the energy decreases in the proton it is transferred to the neutron, who was declining due to lack of energy, then, the situation is reversed

  5. TheMatrixDNA says:

    Theoretical models by Matrix/DNA Theory suggests a different explanation for this flip.
    This magnetic pole shift happen in the Sun by the same mechanism discovered by physicist and Nobel Prize winner Hideki Ywkawa which produces proton changes into a neutron and vice versa, in the atomic nucleus. Each magnetic field has a conical shape and the two are coupled in the region of the solar core. The reversal of the poles is an evolutionary process from the atomic nuclear reversal between protons and

  6. TheMatrixDNA says:

    There is no Solar Max, neither Solar Minimum. The Solar System is described by Newtonian Mechanics and works as a perfect machine, a wonderful precision clock, at perfect thermodynamic equillibrium.There is flow of energy inside the Sun because Sun is the nucleous of a system which is an evolutionary step created from atoms systems. The movement of energy inside Sun has the same equillibrium of atom nuclei flow of energy. Ok, that's a Matrix/DNA theory model, it can be wrong… also.

  7. lighttowers says:

    magnetic flip obviously means, that electrons within the suns magnetosphere will change their direction, Same as on the earth, the Northern Pole is currently the + or "gravity" pole attrackting solar electrons (measurable esp. after SEP events, The Southern pole contains more energetic electrons (-) attrackting solar protons. My theory: The Sun`s Center of gravity is NOT located right in its middle. and shifts all 11y to the South/ North, Then electrons will also change their direction

  8. lighttowers says:

    I agree with Mr Eric Dollard, who says NASA has seen through sun spots that the "Sun is dark inside- resp contains dark low energetic and highly compressed matter and the friction between the core and the outer gaz hull makes that energetic nucl. transformation. Universe only consists out of solid matter. The only property matter has is GRAVITY. ENERGY= acceleration of mass had only once to be induced with the big bang when sth./ so. brought that piece of matter into rotation- has no substance

  9. lighttowers says:

    latest SEPs impacts suggest that the earth magnetic + pole maybe has shifted southwards near to the Equator .
    This year the Sun did not produce so many flares as 2012 , the difference; In 2013 Sun almost only produced socalled Proton flares or SEPs( the strongest on may 21 with protons accelerated almost to c) those all have a deep Impact to the geomag field.
    cosmical influences? solar x ray activity becomes lowest during the soltices- ( gravity from Sagittarius "A" and/or Sirius?)

  10. GIANTSECRETS says:

    I agree with their time frame as it is when Earth, Venus and Jupiter align. I wouldn't be in a plane mid 2020. The alignment is a bit off but it could be nasty. It will probably start the next solar cycle.

  11. Huugame Uugame says:

    I allmoust fall a sleep..

  12. erikpoephoofd says:

    it's pronounced hooksuhma, trust me, im dutch

  13. Bitch Pudding says:

    The spores from the last of us are real…ophiocordyceps unilateralis. They affect ants and could evolve to affect humans so…don't worry about a comet. Worry about ants.

  14. Holder Music says:

    XD i know hehe, but the human sistem is alot more complicated than one of an ant, if they can evolve it would take a very long period of time, at least in my lifetime there won't be such spores 😀 , still i wouldn't want to know that my kids became zombies…

  15. er3L says:

    well, plainly then. i haven't researched it, but i highly doubt it. what i suspect is that they are distinguishing between the heliographic and magnetic poles; meaning that 'magnetic north' has moved away from the 'top'. otherwise i am more than baffled – i had missed that statement before.

  16. Dangerous Amoeba says:

    He isn't against science, because he doesn't exist.

  17. Komadin says:

    god is the cosmos man. god is us. god is a giant organism which is us. we are nothing more but cells within a giant being. just like you're not human, you're 100trillion cells which make your human form which makes you assume you're human. planets, stars, solar systems and galaxies are that same pattern. Earth is a living organism comprised of trillions of living things. WE ARE GOD MAYNE!!!!!!!!! nothing exists dude. the physicality is virtual reality. this is the basics. you. are. not. real.

  18. Komadin says:

    Also, you're not 100trillion cells, that's just the base of your human form. You are pure etheric energy that is inhabiting this vehicle which you call human which is actually a bunch of cells formed together. The only thing that is real is you. not your human form, and not what you see with your eyes.. but YOU. Your feelings and your thoughts. that is what's real. And you are god. You are the creator and you never die. you are born, then you die, then you are reborn forever.

  19. 04dakota says:

    Hey friend, just pre ordered my new work sharp, ken onion edition thru cabbalas 🙂

  20. Dangerous Amoeba says:

    You said "God is The cosmic man. God is us. God is a giant organism which is us".So is god a "cosmic man"?or are we god? or is god a giant organism? he cant both be 1 man and all of us. Sure we are made of cells which work to gather (in a sense) to create this large organism which we call human. Just like those cells are made of atoms, and atoms of subatomic particles, and that of quarks what is your point?objects are in the same pattern? I want to know the address of your dealer cos im jealous

  21. Dangerous Amoeba says:

    What in the name of fuck are you talking about?! So where not cells where etheric energy, OK prove it. Consciousness is generated by the brain, like a computer AI. I have no idea what the hell you are talking about my feelings being me but my eyes are fake. Also you say i never die and i also die once? First of all PROVE IT and second you have contradicted yourself. Claims made without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence, and that's what im going to do, bye trollie!

  22. Dangerous Amoeba says:

    Whats with all the idiots in the comments? Its just some scientists telling the public "hey this is gonna happen, hears our evidence". whats with the controversy? Some one please give me all the views in the comments in a list of there claims.

  23. Steve Harvey says:

    We have a lot of people with less than a 6th grade scientific literacy, and when one understands science the whole world opens up like a lotus flower blooming. I have no idea what the world must seem like to them but I can imagine it must be scary and many escape through drugs. The people who generate fake controversy are mostly religious, they also have a dark age view of the world and live in perpetual doomsday fear.

  24. Anastacia Townsend says:

    Komadin, is is easier to explain when you embody it as an innerstanding and when you do there is no need to explain it.

  25. MusicLovingFool1 says:

    Wouldn't that mean that the Sun is revolving around another planetary movement every 11 years and that we are revolving around the Sun every year? Hmmm…so why laser the sun???

  26. Vic Anderson says:

    Mighty Boosh, The Hitcher, Bryan Ferry.

  27. Anna Cosima says:

    What other consequences do the coronal holes or the flip of the magnetic field have for planet earth?

  28. gravtrax says:

    I think it is actually the Earth that will flip fields.

  29. MrSkankaDank says:


  30. Harrison Hicks says:

    If you're going to call people idiots then perhaps you should learn to how to use there and their properly. Don't ya think?

  31. Ken Dickman says:

    the sun is now in limbo, or between solar minimums, the last period ( of 56 yr 7 mths 6 dys, solar rhythmic cycle) ended on the 17th may : 2013, the new period containing the magnetic flip begins on july 28 : 2014 and reaches solar maximum on the 24th oct 2047 precisely.

  32. Dangerous Amoeba says:

    I accept i should have used their instead of there, but when i said idiots i was referring to the people who said stuff like:" NASA is lying" or "its more serious the government is just covering it up" and so on, I apologize for my incorrect grammar.

  33. fixystation says:

    Holy eyebrows 0:26

  34. emsley22 says:

    yep we are in solar minimum no flip this year.

  35. Ken Dickman says:

    no, it means that mercury passes venus for the 28th time at an asimus nearest
    to 78 degrees while progressing 3 degrees around the sun, which takes 11 yrs
    + 1 mth precisely!

  36. dpsrbi says:

    It's from south park lol

  37. MusicLovingFool1 says:

    Ok, thanks. Soooo…why are "they" lasering the Sun?

  38. Ken Dickman says:

    that's an excellent question, in my book the old cycle # 24 finished on the 17th may 2013, cycle #25 starts on the 28th july 2014 with a reverse polarity, the sun is now at solar minimum and the planets around the solar system should show signs of cooling, keep your eye on the north west passage, it's earth's canary in the coal mine for climate.

  39. MrSkankaDank says:

    south park brah, "Two Days Before The Day After Tomorrow"

  40. Milk Drinker says:

    1:26 will that effect comet isons path?

  41. hootis8 says:

    "Ripple all the way out to the voyager probes" -> Ripples all the way out to Voyager 2 guess they forgot voyager 1 was about to leave

  42. hootis8 says:

    The fliping of poles wouldn't change the path at all, although theoretically the sun should be ejecting much more material right now which could in threory slightly change the comets path nothing signifigant and the sun has been rather calm lately

  43. McNultey97 says:


  44. KNOW HOPE says:

    3:29 -"As the the field reversal approaches,data shows that the sun's 2 hemispheres are oddly out of sync.The north pole has already changed while the south pole is racing to catch up".Prof.Michio Kaku said that if the solar reversal happens suddenly all at once,it could cause a mega flare.Yet we see that its happening gradually.In addition,all X class flares that have occurred since technology really started2kick in have not been Earth facing.There's a reason4this.We are being protected…

  45. Shyam Sunder Tiwari says:

    Let us get ready for another 11 years to see what naughty Sun is going to do with its super power magnetic ball. Dr. Shyam

  46. GrumpyOld Bugger says:

    The 11 year cycle is the spot cycle not the magnetic cycle.

  47. Ramon Teuling says:

    Is this dangerous for us ?

  48. Ahmad Al-Bakry says:

    Would that changes earth's rotation, I know that there is no relation between magnetic field and gravitational field, however I need an answer please!!.

  49. Brett Benzie says:

    0:23, the best eyebrows in science today.

  50. oceanceaser says:

    Bring on the doomsday "theories"

  51. Laurika Du Preez says:

    Science is freakin awesome!!!!  Gives me nerdgasms!  Hahahah!

  52. Sarah StaRoth says:

    In time for ISON possibly…interesting. 

  53. Vasile Matache says:

    BUNA .

  54. Oscar Beregi says:

    It is already napping in sydney we had hail then sun then rain see it might already be done

  55. painter2k says:

    flip, flip, flip-a-delphia. flip, flip, flip-a-delphia

  56. Chris Mason says:

    This woman's voice is magnetic never mind the poles of the sun

  57. norseatrawler says:

    Is it possible these potential mega flares will disrupt communications on earth?

  58. jannmutube says:

    How long does it usually take for pole reversal on the Sun?

  59. Cedrick Villasenor says:

    nice.  seems like a short cycle for such a large scale process.  Just saying.  

  60. John Pariury says:

    Now, this here's a story all about how my sun got flipped/turned upside down, and I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, and listen to physicist Phil Scherrer.

  61. Archangel SwordsmanOnline says:

    so when is this tended to happen?

  62. llK1NGp1Nll says:

    This is going to happen to the Earth too.

  63. ardmovies says:

    If we look the sun as bigger magnet and the planet are small magnet. Does the sun magnetic polar flip whatsoever also effecting planet which magnetic pole's were not ready to flip. It likes when we put bigger magnet in the center small small magnet near it then we flip the big magnet. Obviously small magnet is about to flip whatsoever is affected. If we put us inside the small magnet are we dizzy and get vomit. Earth will vomit too need her pill in term of human soul prayer

  64. Lucy Delics says:

    Todd's eyebrows <3

  65. gettheleadoutasshole says:

    silly apes, go back to school and stop with the nonsense fear mongering

  66. Pintuxo says:

    I didn't know that. Thank you for sharing the information. Maybe there are cycles in the universe that take too long for us to notice. How will this change of polarity affect human behavior??!! Should we change our North to South and vice-verse?  🙂

  67. Rie Helm says:


  68. Moggfonda says:


  69. TTill says:

    Screw the pole reversal – what we have just seen here are a set of the most amazing eyebrows in history on man!

  70. Steve Mai says:

    Is this event related to the recent extreme weather (e.g. cold in US & heat in Australia)?

  71. Rahaf Nassif says:

    Islam did predict and say this would happen.. 

  72. F.A. Hutchison says:

    Everything is in the process of reversing… North to south, is just one.

  73. whateverestupihd says:

    Let it burn, and burn well, med.well.please

  74. whateverestupihd says:

    Let it burn, and burn well, med.well.please

  75. Rain Opm says:

    well 🙂 news

  76. wyldfyre says:

    Didn't happen yet?

  77. Людмила Квасновская says:

    думаю,жаль,что не знаю английский

  78. sabretoothed69 says:

    NASA says 3 months in August last year, and now its April MEGA fail like Global warming predictions!

  79. Steve B says:

    Wait for it….wait for….it….wait……

  80. Renee Fischer says:


  81. Juniper Bartlett says:

    Did it flip? What affects has it had?

  82. Elizabeth Arndt says:

    So how did earth respond to this reversal in the past? Weather? Quakes? what?

  83. ERNEST WYATT says:

    well no concern,

  84. BugsVHumans says:

    This was 11 months ago, did it flip already?

  85. Billy Rokos says:

    0:24 HOLY SHIT!!! He's got 2 moustaches!!

  86. Jeff Colard says:

    I thought I had read somewhere that our solar system is traveling in an orbit that also has the earth go through  a pole shift that could have the effect of changing our direction of rotation, but the cycle  is like40,000 yrs .that this will leave earth without its magnetic protective shield from the suns rays   please if anybody can fill in my short term memory lose

  87. MrAccident says:

    People are flipping too.

  88. 1rgam3r says:

    Aaaaannndddd 2 years later, we're still waiting! XD Some crazy stuff going on. Solar "max".. looks like we're heading toward another grand minimum.

  89. János Varga says:


  90. Cristina Quinteiro says:

    When it finally flips, know that 911 occurred a few months after S (female) N (male) magnetic positioning occurred. Perhaps it's the female energy which seriously threatens ignorant man.

  91. Reidh Beallagh says:

    It "happens" every 11 years or so.

  92. Noah DeBeaulieu says:

    so, it already flipped… yeah… nothing happened.

  93. mariahology says:

    Thanks world will not wnd forecer life amen god plese save us if its about us pls god we are sorry pls we dont want the world to end right if yes like this cooment 1 like 1000000000 prayer

  94. Aš Paulina says:

    Ai sooooooooo soooooooooooo sooooooooooooooooo skere

  95. BMYoutube says:

    GLeeeeeeeeeeeee, did it happen ?
    Hindu Scripts has anwers to this, Check NASA before investing billions

  96. Tuvoca says:

    3 years for some types of solar radiation to get to us. What are the effects? I know solar flares matter, but this report talks about the Sun but not much about the applications of the information.

  97. derek barber says:

    Poor Todd needs a week whacker for those eye brows…wow!! Sorry dude!

  98. Sphaerocarpaceae says:

    Now we all have the cancer.

  99. Raymond K Petry says:

    VERY CONFUSED—she sometimes says the field reverses at maximum, and sometimes that it occurs at the minimum (producing pairs of whole cycles in alternate polarity)…

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