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More garbage science reporting about the sun

  1. Aug 6, 2013 #1

    davenn

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    a few days ago another member posted a thread about the Fox new report on a chunk of the sun flying towards Earth

    here's yet another news item one an Australian online news site.....

    Sun's magnetic field about to flip

    Aug 07, 2013 8:34am

    NO, it doesn't happen every 11 years on and NO it doesn't happen at the peak of the 11 year Solar sunspot cycle

    1) the sun's overall magnetic field swaps every 22 years on avg
    2) its the magnetic polarity of the sunspots that occurs every 11 years on avg
    3) and the reversal of the sunspot magnetic fields occur at the beginning of the cycle not at the peak of the cycle. Its that reversal that heralds the beginning of the new cycle

    cheers
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  3. Aug 7, 2013 #2
    So NASA is wrong, right?:eek:

    http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/the-suns-magnetic-field-is-about-to-flip/
     
  4. Aug 7, 2013 #3

    QuantumCurt

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    I've read this same information on several very credible science sites, including NASA's site.

    I'm certainly not an expert here...but if that's really inaccurate information, then this is a pretty major misreporting on NASA's behalf.
     
  5. Aug 7, 2013 #4

    D H

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    You are the one who's wrong here, davenn. You are confusing what happens with sunspots with what happens to the Sun as a whole. The reversal of the Sun's magnetic field is one of the key events during solar max.
     
  6. Aug 7, 2013 #5

    davenn

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    there's plenty of places on the www that will tell you there are 2 cycles

    the 11 year sunspot cycle and the 22 year solar cycle

    show me a credible reference to when the 22 solar cycle magnetic field reverses its polarity please
    none of the ones I have read tell me that.

    Im not exactly new to this ... be following sunspots/solar activity for 40+ years.... but if there is NEW science that Im unaware of then I'm always willing to learn

    Dave
     
  7. Aug 7, 2013 #6

    ZapperZ

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    Unfortunately, I wouldn't categorize this as bad science reporting, since the source came from NASA itself. So the news report IS reporting exactly what it heard from the horse's mouth. NASA even produced a video that said the very same thing:



    So if there is a dispute here, it is NASA that should be the one under the gun, since they are the ones who provided the information.

    Zz.
     
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  8. Aug 7, 2013 #7

    D H

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    Babcock, H. D. (1959). The Sun's Polar Magnetic Field. The Astrophysical Journal, 130, 364.
    full article at http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1959ApJ...130..364B

    Babcock, H. W. (1961). The Topology of the Sun's Magnetic Field and the 22-YEAR Cycle. The Astrophysical Journal, 133, 572.
    full article at http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1961ApJ...133..572B

    Leighton, R. B. (1964). Transport of Magnetic Fields on the Sun. The Astrophysical Journal, 140, 1547.
    full article at http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1964ApJ...140.1547L

    Leighton, R. B. (1969). A magneto-kinematic model of the solar cycle. The Astrophysical Journal, 156, 1.
    full article at http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1969ApJ...156....1L

    David H. Hathaway (2010). The Solar Cycle. Living Reviews in Solar Physics, 7 (2010), 1
    full article at http://solarphysics.livingreviews.org/Articles/lrsp-2010-1/
     
  9. Aug 7, 2013 #8

    davenn

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    Thanks DH

    that confirmed some things, cleared up some misunderstandings and taught me some totally previously unknown things :)

    My misunderstanding was with the 22 year cycle, was that the polar magnetic field, which I falsely understood to flip every 22 years actually flips every 11 years. The 22 yrs refers to when its done a full cycle ie. south to north and back to south


    as I said ... always willing to learn :)


    Dave
     
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  10. Aug 8, 2013 #9

    Chronos

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    The sun suffers polarity flips on a fairly regular basis without dire consequences. The earth suffers similar, albeit less frequent such events. There is no credible evidence any such 'flips' coincide with mass extinctions, geological cataclysms, or other global catastrophes. I fail to see the significance.
     
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