4/21/2012 — Solar poles to flip next month (1yr early) — TWO north poles = Quadri-polar !

Published on Apr 21, 2012 by 

Per the Japanese HINODE team — in about one months time — (may 2012) the sun north pole will hit “zero” and form into MULTIPLE positive poles — this is happening a year ahead of time.

thanks to jeorgekite:


download the japanese pdf below his video:


Here is the press release from HINODE Japan:


Polar Field Reversal as observed with Hinode
19 April 2012
Naional Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ/NINS)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Science and Technology Facilities Council(STFC)
European Space Agency(ESA)

The polarity of the extended uni-polar magnetic field in the solar polar region is known to reverse every 11 years, and the reversal occurs at around the maximum of solar activity, which is expected to take place at around 2013 May (NOAA ).

High latitude magnetic fields have been observed with solar telescopes on the ground. However, actual process of the polar field reversal is poorly understood because of the difficulty of the observations on the extreme limb combined with atmospheric seeing effect. The solar optical telescope aboard the Hinode satellite allows us for the first time to perform extremely high-quality observations of the deep polar region of the Sun (Figure A). The initial discoveries include that there are many magnetic patches with intense magnetic field in the polar regions. Their field strength is close to that of sunspots, and their size is as large as small sunspots called pore.

The international research team led by Saku Tsuneta, a professor at NAOJ, has been performing the monthly polar observations with Hinode from September 2008. We here report the discovery that the average magnetic flux of the north polar region is rapidly and steadily decreasing during the period of 2008 and 2012 (Figure B). The reversal (from minus to plus polarity) is taking place in sequence from lower latitude to higher latitude. The average magnetic flux of the polar region soon becomes zero. The estimated completion of the reversal of the north polar region will take place in 1 months or so, about one year earlier than the nominal expected reversal time.

In striking contrast to the north polar situation, the magnetic flux of the south polar region has been very stable, and maintains the plus polarity (Figure C). These latest Hinode observations suggest that the global magnetic field of the Sun will become different from the normal bipolar configuration.

Observations of the polar magnetic fields are the key for understanding the cyclic solar dynamo. Their results will shed light on the origin of the solar magnetism, and will contribute to our understating on the Sun’s effect to the solar-terrestrial environment.

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5 Responses to 4/21/2012 — Solar poles to flip next month (1yr early) — TWO north poles = Quadri-polar !

  1. Rhonda says:

    2001 Headlines at a glance:
    Jan 9th – Apple announced iTunes at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, for organizing and playing digital music and videos. Now widely used by Windows and Mac users.
    Jan 10th – A large piece of the chalk cliff at Beachy Head collapses into the sea.
    Jan 13th – Earthquake measuring magnitude 7.6 strikes El Salvador, killing more than 840 people
    Jan 15th – Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.
    Jan 16th – Congolese President Laurent-Désiré Kabila is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards.
    Jan 20th – Philippine president Joseph Estrada is ousted in the EDSA II Revolution and is succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
    Jan 23rd – The Chinese Communist Party stages a self-immolation in Tiananmen Square to frame Falun Gong and escalate the persecution.
    Jan 26th – An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, causing more than 20,000 deaths.
    Jan 29th – Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.
    Feb 9th – The American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks the Ehime-Maru, a Japanese training vessel operated by the Uwajima Fishery High School.
    Feb 12th – NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the “saddle” region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
    Feb 13th – An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale hits El Salvador, killing at least 400.
    Feb 15th – First draft of the complete Human Genome is published in Nature
    Feb 19th – An Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
    Feb 28th – The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington.
    Feb 28th – Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.
    Mar 4th – BBC bombing: a massive car bomb explodes in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, seriously injuring 11 people. The attack was attributed to the Real IRA.
    Mar 4th – Hintze Ribeiro disaster, a bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people.
    Mar 5th – In Mecca, 35 Muslim pilgrims are crushed to death during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
    Mar 19th – The Bank of Japan issued a monetary policy known as quantitative easing, which stimulated the Japanese economy after the burst of the dot-com bubble.
    Mar 23rd – The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji.
    Apr 1st – Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, which is the first country to allow it.
    Apr 1st – Former president of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on charges of war crimes.
    Apr 7th – Mars Odyssey is launched.
    Apr 28th – Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world’s first space tourist.
    Apr 30th – The Mitchell Report on the Arab-Israeli conflict is published.
    May 3rd – The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
    May 6th – During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
    May 9th – In Ghana 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium Disaster. The deaths were caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of teargas by police personnel at the stadium)that followed a controversial decision by the referee handling a crucial match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
    May 10th – In Ghana, a stampede at a football game kills over 120 spectators.
    May 13th – Silvio Berlusconi’s House of Freedoms coalition wins the Italian general elections.
    May 21st – French Taubira law officially recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.
    May 24th – The Versailles wedding hall disaster in Jerusalem, Israel, kills 23 and injures over 200 in Israel’s worst-ever civil disaster.
    May 24th – The Democrats gain control of the U.S. Senate for the first time since 1994 when Senator James Jeffords of Vermont abandons the Republican Party and declares himself an independent.
    May 25th – 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
    May 29th – International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers inaugurated.
    Jun 1st – Dipendra of Nepal slaughters his family during dinner.
    Jun 1st – Dolphinarium massacre: an Hamas suicide bomber kills 21 at a disco in Tel Aviv.
    Jun 4th – Gyanendra, the last King of Nepal, ascends to the throne after the massacre in the Royal Palace.
    Jun 5th – U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords leaves the Republican Party, an act which shifts control of the United States Senate from the Republicans to the Democratic Party.
    Jun 5th – Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.
    Jun 10th – Pope John Paul II canonizes Lebanon’s first female saint Saint Rafqa
    Jun 11th – Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
    Jun 14th – China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan form the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
    Jun 18th – Protests occur in Manipur over the extension of the ceasefire between Naga insurgents and the government of India.
    Jun 21st – Total solar eclipse in Madagascar-Atl Ocean (4m56s)
    Jun 21st – A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicts 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen.
    Jun 27th – The International Court of Justice finds against the United States in its judgement in the LaGrand Case.
    Jul 2nd – AbioCor self contained artificial heart created.
    Jul 3rd – A Vladivostok Avia Tupolev TU-154 jetliner crashes on approach to landing at Irkutsk, Russia killing 145 people.
    Jul 20th – The London Stock Exchange goes public.
    Jul 20th – Italy: The 27th Annual G8 summit opens in Genoa. An Italian protester in Genoa, Carlo Giuliani, is shot by police.
    Jul 24th – Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, is sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office.
    Aug 1st – An agreement is reached on the position of the minority Albanian language in the Republic of Macedonia.
    Aug 1st – Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia join the European Environment Agency.
    Aug 1st – Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a Ten Commandments monument installed in the judiciary building, leading to a lawsuit to have it removed and his own removal from office.
    Aug 9th – US President George W. Bush announces his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells.
    Aug 21st – NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
    Aug 21st – The Red Cross announces that a famine is striking Tajikistan, and calls for international financial aid for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
    Sep 9th – Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance, is assassinated in Afghanistan.
    Sep 11th – Terrorists hijack two passenger planes crashing them into New York’s World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both & death of 2,752 people
    Sep 11th – Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the death of 125 people
    Sep 11th – Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people onboard
    Sep 12th – Article V of the NATO agreement is invoked for only the second time (the other being in Bosnia) in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States of America.

    Sep 14th – Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks. A similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation’s capital.
    Sep 18th – First mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
    Sep 20th – In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a “war on terror”.
    Oct 2nd – The NATO backs US military strikes, following 9/11.
    Oct 4th – Siberia Airlines Flight 1812: a Sibir Airlines Tupolev TU-154 crashes into the Black Sea after being struck by an errant Ukrainian S-200 missile. 78 people are killed.
    Oct 7th – The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan starts with an air assault and covert operations on the ground.
    Oct 8th – U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
    Oct 9th – Second mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attack.
    Oct 19th – SIEV-X, an Indonesian fishing boat en-route to Christmas Island, carrying over 400 asylum seekers, sank in international waters with the loss of 353 people.
    Oct 21st – “United We Stand” benefit concert for September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks victims, held at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. Event organized and headlined by Michael Jackson, also featuring pop stars Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, The Backstreet Boys, and others.
    Oct 23rd – The Provisional Irish Republican Army of Northern Ireland commences disarmament after peace talks.
    Oct 23rd – Apple releases the iPod.
    Oct 25th – Windows XP first became available.
    Oct 26th – The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
    Nov 12th – In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 on its way to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.
    Nov 13th – War on Terrorism: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.
    Nov 20th – In Washington, D.C., U.S. President George W. Bush dedicates the United States Department of Justice headquarters building as the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building, honoring the late Robert F. Kennedy on what would have been his 76th birthday.
    Nov 23rd – Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary.
    Nov 27th – A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet.
    Dec 1st – Captain Bill Compton brings Trans World Airlines Flight 220, an MD-83, into St. Louis International Airport bringing to an end 76 years of TWA operations following TWA’s purchase by American Airlines.
    Dec 2nd – Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
    Dec 6th – The Canadian province of Newfoundland is renamed Newfoundland and Labrador.
    Dec 11th – The People’s Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization.

    Dec 15th – The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.
    Dec 19th – Argentine economic crisis: December 2001 riots – Riots erupt in Buenos Aires after Domingo Cavallo’s corralito measures restrict the withdrawal of cash from bank deposits.
    Dec 20th – Argentine economic crisis: President of Argentina Fernando de la Rúa is forced out of office.
    Dec 22nd – Burhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, hands over power in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by President Hamid Karzai.
    Dec 22nd – Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.
    Dec 27th – The People’s Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.

  2. Keith says:

    Certainly interesting that the magnetic poles of the Sun are forecasted to change. So what happened of significance the last time it occurred 11 years ago?

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