Solar n’ Polar

To recap briefly, we are looking at events – financial, economic, Biblical, political, and more – that seem to be leading to one specific year: 2012.  Which I find interesting, because in the Six-Month Suggestion, the Tribulation started in 2007, and would read a mid-point in 2010, when the ‘covenant’ with the Middle East would be broken.  If Matthew 24:22 is correct, the time of Tribulation would be ‘shortened’, or no one would live through it… which means instead of it going thru until 2014, the end would be before that.  Following?

Now all of this, of course, is irrelevant to me, as I’m a Pre-Wrath Tribber, and after seal five, the Wrath is poured out, and I’m outta here.  HOWEVER, this will probably matter to other people, and I don’t just write for me, most of the time, you know.  SO!

Today we look at an interesting article from the NASA site.  And yes, it’s from three years ago, but just bear with me on this.  Let’s jump in and take a peek, shall we?
August 15, 2006:  On July 31st, a tiny sunspot was born. It popped up from the sun’s interior, floated around a bit, and vanished again in a few hours. On the sun this sort of thing happens all the time and, ordinarily, it wouldn’t be worth mentioning. But this sunspot was special: It was backward.

“We’ve been waiting for this,” says David Hathaway, a solar physicist at the Marshall Space Flight in Huntsville, Alabama. “A backward sunspot is a sign that the next solar cycle is beginning.”

“Backward” means magnetically backward. Hathaway explains:  Sunspots are planet-sized magnets created by the sun’s inner magnetic dynamo. Like all magnets in the Universe, sunspots have north (N) and south (S) magnetic poles. The sunspot of July 31st popped up at solar longitude 65o W, latitude 13o S. Sunspots in that area are normally oriented N-S. The newcomer, however, was S-N, opposite the norm. This tiny spot of backwardness matters because of what it might foretell: A really big solar cycle.

Solar activity rises and falls in 11-year cycles, swinging back and forth between times of quiet and storminess. Right now the sun is quiet. “We’re near the end of Solar Cycle 23, which peaked way back in 2001,” explains Hathaway. The next cycle, Solar Cycle 24, should begin “any time now,” returning the sun to a stormy state.

Satellite operators and NASA mission planners are bracing for this next solar cycle because it is expected to be exceptionally stormy, perhaps the stormiest in decades. Sunspots and solar flares will return in abundance, producing bright auroras on Earth and dangerous proton storms in space. ImageBut when will Solar Cycle 24 begin?

“Maybe it already did–on July 31st,” says Hathaway. The first spot of a new solar cycle is always backwards. Solar physicists have long known that sunspot magnetic fields reverse polarity from cycle to cycle. N-S becomes S-N and vice versa. “The backward sunspot may be the first sunspot of Cycle 24.”

It sounds exciting, but Hathaway is cautious on several fronts:

First, the sunspot lasted only three hours. Typically, sunspots last days, weeks or even months. Three hours is fleeting in the extreme. “It came and went so fast, it was not given an official sunspot number,” says Hathaway. The astronomers who number sunspots didn’t think it worthy!

Second, the latitude of the spot is suspicious. New-cycle sunspots almost always pop up at mid-latitudes, around 30o N or 30o S. The backward sunspot popped up at 13o S. “That’s strange.”

These odd-isms stop Hathaway short of declaring the onset of a new solar cycle. “But it looks promising,” he says.

Even if Cycle 24 has truly begun, “don’t expect any great storms right away.” Solar cycles last 11 years and take time to build up to fever pitch. For a while, perhaps one or two years, Cycle 23 and Cycle 24 will actually share the sun, making it a hodgepodge of backward and forward spots. Eventually, Cycle 24 will take over completely; then the fireworks will really begin.  Meanwhile, Hathaway plans to keep an eye out for more backward sunspots.

So… if the 11-year sunspot cycle that moves BACKWARDS started halfway through 2006 (6.5), and goes eleven years, then 2006.5 + 11=2017.5.  But we want the PEAK of that cycle, which would be in the middle.  So we want 6.5 plus HALF of 11, or 5.5.  And what is 2006.5 + 5.5?  2012.

I’m noticing a common theme, here… are you?

Now… what does a stormy sunspot cycle mean for us?  And what does the backward thing mean?  Well, a lot of chrischuns have guessed that the rapture would be explained away by ‘a polar shift’, meaning that the gravitational pull of the earth will be reversed and people with particular chemical make-ups will ‘float away’ as a result.  Personally, I think that’s pretty weird, but then I feel that way about most chrischuns, in general.  Besides, who is going to fall for THAT line, anyhow?  More likely this will be the reason Revelations says a third of the forests will be burned up, that there will be extreme heat and drought and lots of other sun-related issues at the end.

But what’s kewl is that NASA is lining up with a 2012 culmination.  George Ure lines up with a 2012 culmination.  Jeremiah lines up with a 2012 culmination.  The Mayans line up with a 2012 culmination.  And so does the six-month suggestion.  And maybe that’s not right.  But I’m just sayin’.  If we’re commanded to watch, this is the stuff we should be paying attention to, don’t you think?

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