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The Japanese announced the sun’s north pole will hit “zero” and form into multiple positive poles in May 2012. This is 11.5 years after the sun's poles began reversing in October 2000 during the last solar maximum (Cycle 23). Some scientists had predicted the polar reversal that marks the solar maximum might be as late as 2013, because the solar activity has been so low and slow that it’s barely made an appearance since the maximum cycle began in January 2008. The sun’s jet stream slowed down and low activity in the x-ray and ultraviolet bands caused the Earth’s thermosphere to shrink in 2010. After walking through the very active 2000 solar maximum (Cycle 23) window by window, this maximum (Cycle 24) doesn’t seem to have ever gotten a good start.
The sun last developed multiple north poles 300 years ago, or during the Maunder Minimum,according to the Japanese. I’ve seriously wondered tin recent months if the sun is entering a phase shift, and this shift in magnetic polarities represents a change from anything observed on the sun in the last 300 years. Solar activity is clearly shifting gears, and it is not functioning in the bands we are accustomed to seeing it. See the link for information about Hinode: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinode