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Solar Flip-Flops: Sun storms spawn magnetic reversal

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9:09am, December 3, 2003

Every 11 years, the sun reaches a peak in its turbulent activity, sporting huge numbers of sunspots and hurling many billion-ton clouds of charged particles into space. At about the same time, the sun's magnetic poles flip: North becomes south, and south becomes north (SN: 3/3/01, p. 139: Available to subscribers at Magnetic flip heralds solar max).

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