Hello. I am a amateur astronomer and enjoy astrophotography as a hobby. I currently live in Tullahoma, TN and have lived here for the last 5 years.
This morning I woke up at 5:30am and planned on taking a look at Mars rising before sun up. I get outside a little before 6am and did what I usually
do before setting up my telescope. I got my Galaxy Tab 2 out and opened my SkyMap app so I could find out where Mars was going to pop up on the
Now I've been using two different apps to view the sky for a couple of years now. I use the Google SkyMap & SkyEye. My Google SkyMap kept spinning
around and wobbling no matter what I did. This has never happened before in the years I've been using it so I figured the app had a glitch and needed
an update or something. Anyways, I decided to try out my other app "SkyEye" and again...it was spinning around and acting crazy. I thought hmmm...I
wonder if the sensor in my tablet is screwed up?
I turned the tablet off and on and opened my SkyEye app again and it continued to spin and wobble. Then I noticed a message I hadn't noticed or seen
before that stated "Extremely Strange Magnetic Field". I thought ...well that might explain something, but I still thought something was wrong with
my tablet sensor. I decided to download a magnetic field detection app that would show a reading. I didn't expect to find anything but garbage really,
but ended up downloading an app called "Max Mag Detector".
When I used this app in the same location I was getting a reading off the chart which went up to 240 uT. I figured out how to extend the chart to a
range of 480 uT and saw that the reading was at 340 uT. I started following this high reading heading south from my position and the readings were
getting higher. I raised the max reading to 960 uT, the highest it would go, and ended up with a all time high reading of 650 uT.
There were no metal objects around me or on me. I was standing in the center of my driveway and these readings were highest in about a 6 square foot
area. Once I walked about 10 yards away the readings would go down quite significantly. But regardless where I stood out there I couldn't get the
SkyMap to stop wobbling and spinning. So I went inside because it was time for me to take my daughter to school.
At about 8:15am my wife woke up. She told me she had a horrible night and that she felt like something was suffocating her throughout the night. She
also told me she kept seeing things in the room, like lights and streaks. Well in our 5 years here this was the first "paranormal" type of activity I
had heard of and it's not like her to make something like that up.
It got me thinking about those magnetic field readings though and I decided to show her the SkyMap and how it was spinning. Then I remembered she has
a HTC One X smartphone with the same SkyMap apps. I used her phone and ended up with the exact same results. The SkyMap would spin round and round and
act crazy. I knew it wasn't my tablet sensor then. I began searching online to try and better understand magnetic fields and see if I could find a
simple explanation for this, but we noticed as we were playing around with our devices that the readings had stopped all of a sudden and returned to
normal (between 34-38 uT). This was at 8:30am. I never really found an explanation for it and thought I would bring it to ATS and see what you
Is this common? A solar storm maybe? I'm out every other night sky gazing with my telescope and SkyMaps and this is a first in 5 years. Are these
levels of uT dangerous? Should I be concerned and is there a connection to the strange anomalies my wife experienced last night? Thanks for any info
and I'm all ears.
edit on 1-11-2013 by FearYourMind because: Added some more details. Corrected typos.