Monday, November 11, 2013

Physicists Monitoring Huge Solar Event


Physicists monitoring huge solar event~
 by Bjorn Carey

Every 11 years, the sun undergoes a complete makeover when the polarity of its – its magnetic north and south – flips. The effects of this large-scale event ripple throughout the solar system.
Although the exact internal mechanism that drives the shift is not entirely understood, researchers at Stanford's Wilcox Solar Observatory have monitored the sun's magnetic field on a daily basis since 1975 and can identify the process as it occurs on the sun's surface. This will be the fourth shift the observatory has monitored.

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