Just as earth has cycles which we call seasons, the sun also changes on
a roughly 11-year basis. We call these changes the solar cycle.
We are now four years into a new solar maximum period. During the last solar minimum, there were few
magnetic storms on the sun, sunspots were rare, and geomagnetic disturbances here on earth
were nearly nonexistent. Aurora watchers had to travel to the polar regions to see
the Northern Lights. However, change is coming. We are again approaching solar maximum.
In late 2007, a new sunspot appeared on the sun, signaling the end of our quiet period.
This sunspot had a reversed polarity magnetic field. According to NASA’s solar
physicist David Hathaway: “New solar cycles always begin with a high-latitude, reversed polarity sunspot,”
explains Hathaway. “‘Reversed polarity’ ” means a sunspot with opposite magnetic polarity
compared to sunspots from the previous solar cycle. ‘High-latitude’ refers to the sun’s grid of latitude
and longitude. Old cycle spots congregate near the sun’s equator. New cycle spots appear higher, around
25 or 30 degrees latitude.” Full article may be found here.
As far back as 2006, solar scientists began predicting that our next solar maximum would
be one of the strongest yet. “This week researchers announced that a storm is coming–the
most intense solar maximum in fifty years. The prediction comes from a team led by Mausumi Dikpati
of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). ‘The next sunspot cycle will be 30% to 50%
stronger than the previous one,’ she says. If correct, the years ahead could produce a burst of solar activity
second only to the historic Solar Max of 1958.” From Science @ NASA.
So what can happen during a strong solar maximum? Sunspots increase and harbor more energy.
At times, this energy is released in the form of coronal mass ejections (CMEs). A CME
consists of plasma from the sun itself — electrons and protons — with an accompanying
magnetic field. When these charged particles strike the earth’s magnetosphere, they travel
down the magnetic field lines to the poles, colliding with atoms in our atmosphere along the way. These
collisions can create a display of the aurora borealis. The ejected material can also strike satellites,
causing drag and damage to electronic circuitry. GPS units and telecommunications may be disrupted.
In a severe geomagnetic storm, astronauts and high-altitude jet passengers can receive
higher than normal doses of radiation. Power grids on earth may fail as a result of the massive
influx of energy. The aurora borealis can sometimes be seen as far south as Mexico.
For an excellent article on the possible effects of a severe geomagnetic storm, see…
^^ is the Science point of view, Just look at this picture and tell me some how something this big could NOT Trigger something Massive in the more Spiritual side of things? Maybe Jumble our DNA, or Consciousness a little? I mean People say aliens are out there and what not, But we are yet to find them? What if our SUN is a Massive life force Alone, i mean look at it it’s HUGE Compared to us, So who says Planets, and Stars are not Living things? They are. As we Inhabit them