ESA sees stardust storms heading for Solar System
Date Released: Monday, August 18, 2003
Source: Artemis Society
Until ten years ago, most astronomers did not believe stardust could enter our Solar System. Then ESA's Ulysses spaceprobe discovered minute stardust particles leaking through the Sun's magnetic shield, into the realm of Earth and the other planets. Now, the same spaceprobe has shown that a flood of dusty particles is heading our way.
What is surprising in this new Ulysses discovery is that the amount of stardust has continued to increase even after the solar activity calmed down and the magnetic field resumed its ordered shape in 2001.
Scientists believe that this is due to the way in which the polarity changed during solar maximum. Instead of reversing completely, flipping north to south, the Sun's magnetic poles have only rotated at halfway and are now more or less lying sideways along the Sun's equator. This weaker configuration of the magnetic shield is letting in two to three times more stardust than at the end of the 1990s. Moreover, this influx could increase by as much as ten times until the end of the current solar cycle in 2012.
The weaker configuration of the Sun's magnetic field was allowing more interstellar dust to enter the Solar System, but what perplexed astronomers is that even after the magnetic field resumed it's ordered shape, and it strengthened, somehow more interstellar dust has been exponentially increasing.
Back when this was first discovered I conveyed the idea that if more interstellar dust was entering the Solar System, then more charged particles, plasma, gases, and radiation from the interstellar cloud would also find it's way into the Solar System, and this would affect the dynamics of every planet with an atmosphere, and including the Sun.
Since we know that this energy has been transported by the Solar wind, which yes it expells from the Sun in a spiral to the interplanetary magnetic field, but it also brings back energy, radiation, charged particles, plasma and gases from outside the Solar System and more so during times of low solar activity, which in turn affect the atmosphere of planets like Earth. (Think of it similar to throwing a pebble into a pond. When the waves formed by the pebble reach the end of the pond, the wave goes back to the source and forms more waves. It would be something similar to that. but instead of being a wave in the form of a circle it is more like a spiral.)
The heliospheric current sheet is a three-dimensional form of a Parker spiral that results from the influence of the Sun's rotating magnetic field on the plasma in the interplanetary medium.
This in turn is imo clear indication that this increased radiation, charged particles, etc, which have found their way into the Solar System could also be the culprit, or at least part of the reason for the dramatic Climate Changes which every planet and Moon with an atmosphere in the Solar System has been undergoing at the same time Earth has.
Although the Sun also had a say on this since it had been increasing in activity, for whatever reason, in the last 100 years or so, more than at any time in the last 1,000 years.
I don't profess to have all the answers, and could be wrong. I am just searching for the truth as all of you are, and in the process it is my hope that we can learn new things together which could even possibly help us prepare, and adapt for whatever the future holds.
edit on 8-9-2011 by ElectricUniverse because: (no reason given)