‘Leaks’ Change Scientists Minds On Magnetic Theory

December 17, 2008

US (ChattahBox) – Two large leaks in Earth’s magnetosphere are causing scientists to rethink what they thought they knew about how solar wind works. In fact, it seems to be the opposite of what they originally thought, with the possibility that the Sun’s magnetic field may have a direct affect to the one on Earth, as the two leaks have begun allowing in more solar particulars at a much faster rate.

This may mean that the next peak in solar activity (four years from now) may actually disrupt satellites, or power grids on Earth.

“These findings overturn the way that we understand how the sun’s magnetic field interacts with the Earth’s magnetic field,” said NASA’s David Sibeck, commenting to reporters on the startling discovery.

The disruption could continue for some time, although it’s impossible to predict exactly what will happen, as scientists scramble to find out more about these findings, and better understand how it will effect us. One thing does seem to be for sure, however: it probably won’t be good.

“It could be that we’re in for a tough time in the next 11 years,” Sibeck said.


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One Response to “‘Leaks’ Change Scientists Minds On Magnetic Theory”

  1. Stranger on December 17th, 2008 2:58 pm

    Olivia, you need to get the facts straight before publishing something that can send people into a panic. Your statement “The disruption could continue for some time, although it’s impossible to predict exactly what will happen, as scientists scramble to find out more about these findings, and better understand how it will effect us…” is inaccurate.

    WIth this new data scientists have learned that an alignment of the Earth’s magnetic field with the sun’s allows more charged particles (solar wind) into Earth’s upper atmosphere, which is contrary to what they originally thought.

    Also, your statement, “One thing does seem to be for sure, however: it probably won’t be good” is unnecessary. The holes in earth’s magnetic field are typically short-lived, on the order of hours, and while there will be an increase in solar activity in the coming years, this new data helps scientists to better understand how the magnetic fields of the sun and Earth behave and interact. This knowledge will help them to better predict such breaches in the future and hopefully avoid any calamities. There is never a need for uninformed predictions of dire scenarios.

    We need a more informed, rational public, not a panicked hoard.

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