|How are Solar Flares are related to the Magnetic
Poles on Earth? How they work? I can't find that
answer in any of the books I looked through.
|Question Date: 2000-05-12|
A really interesting question -- and I'm not sure
I know the answer! Here's what I do know: the
solar flares are brief, and localized, pulses of
electromagnetic radiation and charged particles
from the sun. The emissions from solar flares move
at the speed of light, so quickly reach the earth.
Fortunately, the earth's magnetic field protects
from most of these emissions, by deflecting
them away from the earth. (The pathway of a
charged particle will be altered as it moves
through a magnetic field.) The earth's magnetic
field itself will be disrupted, producing
'geomagnetic storms' which can disrupt satellite
and radio communications.
So that's the
quick story, but you'll probably want to know
more. I did a couple of quick searches on the
internet and found the following sites for your
Solar Flares & the
I plugged "solar flares magnetic poles" into the
hot new search engine, 'www.raging.com,' and got a
lot of good looking hits, including these
1. Solar activity can cause cause
disruptions of the earth's magnetic field leading
to choppy or poor
The Solar Dynamo
Magnetic Sun --lesson plan #38
Lesson plan on
magnetism and solar magnetic phenomena, at high
level; part of an educational web site
on astronomy, mechanics, and space
Well here's probably a good website for solar
people who put this website together are
scientists at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and
they study solar flares all the time.
claim to know much about solar flares, but I can
say that they occur in places on the Sun where
there are strong magnetic fields, as you will find
out when you look at the website. The Earth also
has magnetic fields but the Earth is a much tamer
place than the Sun.
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