Magnetic Flip

[Aug. 6, 2013 — Something big is about to happen on the sun. According to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun's vast magnetic field is about to flip.

"It looks like we're no more than three to four months away from a complete field reversal," said solar physicist Todd Hoeksema of Stanford University. "This change will have ripple effects throughout the solar system."]

The Sun's Magnetic Field is going to flip?! Let's read on!

[The sun's magnetic field changes polarity approximately every 11 years. It happens at the peak of each solar cycle as the sun's inner magnetic dynamo re-organizes itself. The coming reversal will mark the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24. Half of "solar max" will be behind us, with half yet to come.]

Oh. I guess that isn't such a big deal then. Even still, it's crazy to think that something so major can happen on a regular basis. Don't panic, by the way. It's something we've dealt with for a long time, and it doesn't effect us nearly as much as you'd think.

Seeing as how this is a common occurrence, there really isn't much else to say here. I guess the main observation we can make is that cosmic events aren't always shattering. Sometimes, they're just as mundane and normal to the universe as us going grocery shopping. You just gotta do it from time to time.