Solar Week - Ask a Question

Come here during Solar Week (next one: March 22-26, 2021) to interact. To post a question, click on your area of interest from the topics below, and then click on the "Ask New Question" button. Or EMAIL or tweet or plant in Answer Garden your question about the Sun or life as a scientist to us -- and watch for it to appear here.  You can also visit our FAQs (frequently asked questions). In between Solar Weeks in October and March, you can view all the archives here.

PrevPrev Go to previous topic
NextNext Go to next topic
Last Post 3/19/2012 7:39 AM by  Paulett Liewer
flipping of the poles
 1 Replies
You are not authorized to post a reply.
Author Messages



3/19/2012 6:48 AM
    Greetings, My name is Ryan. I live in Connecticut and I plan to work some day as an astronomer and go to collage at Berkley. I want to know is how and why the sun's poles flip every so often and what kind of affect can it have on planets that obit it?
    Tags: solar cycle, poles

    Paulett Liewer

    Basic Member

    Basic Member

    3/19/2012 7:39 AM

    Hi Ryan

    The Sun's magnetic poles flip about every 11 years. Scientist are still trying to understand how and why. There is a magnetic dynamo operating inside the Sun that is the underlying cause, and scientist are trying to develop computer models that can explain the Sun's cycle.

    The planets have survived many, many flips of the Sun's poles.


    You are not authorized to post a reply.

    Twitter Feed

    Scientist Leaderboard

    Name # of replies
    Multiverse skin is based on Greytness by Adammer