The Sun will 'Flip Upside Down' within Weeks due to Reverse in Polarity of its Magnetic Field [WATCH]

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The sun will reportedly "flip upside down" within weeks due to a reverse in polarity of its magnetic field. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), measurements from NASA-supported observatories show that the sun's vast magnetic field is indeed about to flip.

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The Wilcox Solar Observatory (WSO) of Stanford University in California is one of the few observatories in the world that monitor the polar magnetic fields of the sun. Stanford University solar physicist Todd Hoeksema said that there will be a complete field reversal. Hoeksema is also Stanford's Wilcox Solar Observatory director.

"This change will have ripple effects throughout the solar system," said Hoeksema in a NASA Science News report.

Another solar physicist from Stanford University, Phil Scherrer, describes what will happen to the sun and its magnetic field.

"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," said Scherrer in the NASA Science News report.

The sun's magnetic field is said to change polarity approximately every 11 years. What this means is that it flips its magnet from north to south. This could cause a lot of things on earth, including intergalactic weather fronts like geo-magnetic storms. These may cause radio blackouts due to interference with satellites.

For fans of The Northern Lights, this phenomenon will boost the occurrence of auroras as well as its visibility.

But fret not, because scientists say that even if the sun will "flip upside down" within weeks due to a reverse in polarity of its magnetic field, this won't doom the earth.

"The world will not end tomorrow," Scherrer told SPACE.com.

Dean Pesnell, a project scientist of the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft in NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland (MD) also talked to SPACE.com about the sun's magnetic field and what it indicates.

"This field seems to be a good indicator of what the next solar cycle is going to do," said Pesnell in the SPACE.com report.

"If it quickly goes to a high value, then that tells us the next cycle will be high," he added.

The sun will "flip upside down" within weeks due to a reverse in polarity of its magnetic field. Rather than panic about it, just make sure to anticipate it by always checking out updates from various websites about it including NASA, SPACE.com and the Wilcox Solar Observatory (WSO) of Stanford University.

Click HERE to learn more about Stanford University's WSO.

Check out a ScienceCast video that anticipates the reversal of the sun's global magnetic field. (Click HERE)

Check out NASA's video describing the sun's magnetic flip. (Click HERE)

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