It’s after a gap of 11 years again!!! The Sun’s magnetic field will be witnessing a shift and a reversal in its magnetic field. So, the ripples across the complete solar system are expected very soon.
Our nearest star, the Sun, is about to swap its north and south poles. This switch is naturally a part of “Solar Max”. It’s dubbed as a period of peak activity when it makes a once-in-11 year’s move.
NASA has explained that the sun would be following the suit and it would be for the fourth time after 1976 when the scientists would place their eyes on 180-degree pole flip.
According to a solar physicist Todd Hoeksema of Stanford University, "It looks like we're no more than 3 to 4 months away from a complete field reversal. This change will have ripple effects throughout the solar system.”
Reversal of magnetic field is the mid-point or even a focal point of solar max. It is a gradual process where the sun’s magnetic field comes across a shift.
Phil Scherrer, another Stanford-based solar physicist, explained, "The sun's polar magnetic fields weaken, go to zero and then emerge again with the opposite polarity.”
NASA scientists have opened the lid of their perspective about the solar flip. According to them, the ripple effects will be unnoticed on major regions of the Earth. But the places where the eyes will meet the change would witness some modifications in size and shape of the undulating magnetic envelope.
This envelope touches the end and meets the interstellar space dubbed as heliopause.
The magnetic field turns out to be a little crimped as the Earth passes through it. After the Earth treads through it, stormy space weather is expected to be triggered around our planet.
Phil fleshed out the present details by saying, "The sun's north pole has already changed sign, while the South Pole is racing to catch. Soon, however, both poles will be reversed, and the second half of Solar Max will be underway."