Sun’s Quiet Before the Storm
The universal wonder of deep space the magnificence of the sun should be respected as it will eventually transform and disperse its unique balance of life giving properties. And contrary to history archives of what the wrath of nature can do to our planet there is a new apprehension growing amongst today’s scientists and it doesn’t include the unpredictable behaviour of our planet earth.
A team of researchers from The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) officially concluded its findings
The most powerful solar maximum in fifty years will originate from this solar storm. The next sunspot will be up to 50% stronger than its previous predecessor. And if this approximation is correct, within the next several years the rupture of solar activity will begin. The Solar Max storm of 1958 was called a solar maximum. However, back then cell phones were non-existent along with all the modern technology of today. But the three sightings of northern lights in
One can only wonder the effects of such a storm and what it can bring today. We all gaze at the sun’s docile appearance as it descends downward in its nightly ritual only to re-surface on the earths opposite side. And we all take pleasure in the light of the sun’s return.
I suppose docile is not the correct word to describe the power of this massive star or its destructive behaviour it can impose upon our planet.
Today a similar maximum would dramatically affect weather satellites, cell phones, computers and other technologies. Kpati of (NCAR) realized the mystery after two-centuries since the 11 year sunspot cycle was discovered, while scientists struggled to predict the size of future maxima and failed. In 1805 the Solar Maxima was barley measurable yet; in 1958 it was quite intense Therefore, the answer to an aging mystery is a conveyor belt on the sun which is similar to the Great Ocean Conveyor Belt here on Earth.
However, unlike the earth’s conveyor belt which is currents carrying water, the sun's conveyor belt is a current of electrically-conducting gas. And moving in spherical form it travels from the sun's equator to the poles then back again. While the Ocean Conveyor Belt here controls Earths weather, this solar conveyor belt on the sun does the same thing exclusive to the sunspot cycle.
What Are Sunspots? The lifespan of the average sunspot is typically a few weeks and upon its so called death it decays leaving in its wake weakened magnetic fields. Consisting of abnormal knots with magnetic pull sunspots are produced by energy from the suns inner core. The function of this conveyor is to skim over the sun’s surface in its gathering of the magnetic fields of the dead, dead sunspots.
In the course of their demise they are then drawn to the poles. Here, energy from the inner core of the sun can then strengthen them giving them buoyancy to float back to the surface as new sunspots. (Solar physicist David Hathaway NSSTC)
A very interesting and uneventful process however, this is the basis used to form predictions and 30 to 50 years can pass while the belt will only complete one loop. A 30 year cycle however means abundant supplies of magnetic fields were gathered resulting in a more intense sunspot cycle creating larger sunspots. This happened from 1986 thru 1996.
Thus, by the years 2010 thru 2011 that sunspot cycle will be intense. But according to the conveyor belt model some believe the next solar maximum will be dozy while others believe it will arrive around 2010, two years early. And although history has proven large sunspot cycles raise faster the first sunspots of our future cycle should appear in the later halves of 2006 or 2007.
The difference this time though is not how large they are or how intense the storm will be. This storm will create new concerns, new worries and new fears in relation to all our modern technology. The billions of signals saturating our airwaves all come from technological origins. And the impact this can have on weather, transportation, communication, computer systems and more is where the real storm will lie.
It's been a pleasure
Kellie Hastings 2007