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Pole Shift Steady--But Not for Long

Every 11 years, during the high point of the sun's activity cycle, the magnetic field on the sun reverses completely. Does this have any effect on the Earth (which has its own pole shift?)

Space scientists agree that the switch is imminent at the north pole, well in advance of general predictions that solar maximum for this cycle will occur in 2013.

The Daily Galaxy quotes NASA's Jonathan Cirtain as saying, "Right now, there's an imbalance between the north and the south poles. The north is already in transition, well ahead of the south pole, and we don't understand why." The Daily Galaxy quotes NASA's Nat Gopalswamy as saying, "These prominence eruptions are associated with increased solar activity such as coronal mass ejections or CMEs. When we start to see prominence eruptions above 60 degrees latitude on the sun, then we know that we are reaching solar maximum." These eruptions are occurring at high latitudes in the north. Eruption activity in the south half of the sun, however, is only just beginning to increase--the first CME occurred there in early March 2012."

The Galaxy quotes researcher Ted Tarbell as saying, "How did the polar reversal start so early, even though the onset of the solar cycle, that is, increased activity at lower latitudes, hadn't begun yet?"

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