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Originally posted by Odessy
....It wasnt too long ago that i remembered reading one on an object in space, as big as a solar system i think, just appeared, moved towards a cluster of starts, and disappeared.
Another mindblowing coincidence that the portals are earth sized.
as big as a solar system i think, just appeared, moved towards a cluster of starts, and disappeared.
Originally posted by jpm1602
Another mindblowing coincidence that the portals are earth sized. I think Sagan once said the likelihood of the moon to be of the exact correct distance and size to perfectly oblete the sun during total eclipses is on the order of .0000000000001 probability or there abouts.
During solar maximum, when the Sun's activity is at a peak in its 11 year cycle, the polarity of its magnetic field changes: the north pole takes on the polarity of the south pole and vice versa. Now, for the first time ever, a spacecraft has witnessed this process from a front-row seat high above the Sun's south pole.
On 16 January, ESA's Ulysses spacecraft completed its four-month southern solar polar passage as solar activity reached its peak. Did it see the Sun's polarity switch? Andre Balogh, from Imperial College, London who is Principal Investigator for the Ulysses magnetometer, says:
"In the past few months, the direction of the magnetic field observed by Ulysses fluctuated between the old and the new. Even now, there are periods when the old polarity is still present. Clearly, a struggle is going on in the Sun's magnetic field, with freshly emerging new polarity regions racing towards the polar regions, encountering the slowly decaying older polarity regions. We know that the new polarity will win through, but the battle is still on for another few months."
New findings indicate that the aurora and other near-Earth space weather are driven by the rate at which the Earth's and Sun's magnetic fields connect, or merge, and not by the solar wind's electric field as was previously assumed. The merging occurs at a spot between the Earth and Sun, roughly 40,000 miles above the planet's surface, and appears fundamental to the circulation of particles and magnetic fields throughout near-Earth space.