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Can Science Save the Planet

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Changing Magnetic Fields of the Solar System

I am not sure if the planet can be saved by simply "knowing about" the field of science, but I do know we can learn to recognize what is coming the more we learn through science, in order to better prepare for it-saving Earth may have to begin on our planet itself through the actions and consciousness of its inhabitants. Every minute something new is found out, something new is changing, and something new needs to be discovered-all in the field of science.

Presently the magnetic fields are beginning to change, having changed many times in the past-all part of a mysterious plan we do not know about involving the entire solar system and universe.The red planet of Mars lacks a magnetic field that surrounds their planet to protect it from the incoming solar wind. In 1989, the Phobos probe of the Soviet Union made direct measurements of Mars's atmospheric erosion. When the probe passed through the weak of the solar wind behind the red planet, on board instruments detected ions that had been cleaned from its atmosphere, flowing downstream along with the solar wind. That has allowed scientists to surmise that solar wind erosion accounted for most of the lost atmosphere of Mars.

Other planets, in addition to Mars, are also influenced by the magnetic fields of time. In 2001, the Sun's magnetic field magnetic north pole had flipped from north to south, according to NASA scientists at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Its next reversal will not be until the year 2012, when the south magnetic pole will be reversed to the north. This reversal transition seems to happen when the Sun has its peaking time, during its 11-year sunspot cycle.

And then our own planet Earth has them also, but with less regular flips, with NASA scientists feeling one has begun within the past 300 years due to the weakening of the field lately. The magnetic field of both the Sun and Earth have similar oval shapes of their solar and terrestrial magnetic fields, even though the fields behave differently. The magnetic field of Earth is 100 times weaker than that of the Sun, with the magnetic field of the Sun enveloping the entire solar system in a bubble called the "heliosphere."

Recently, it has been found that magnetic field reversals on the Sun were found to be closely linked to the varying number of the Sun's sunspots. The magnetic cycle of the sun impacts the Earth's climate, and is thought to have caused the Ice Age of the 1600s. The Tau Bootis, in the constellation Bootes, a star which has a mass about 3.87 times of Jupiter's, is in the process of flipping its magnetic field-found by an international team led by Jean-Francois Donati and Claire Moutou of France when they were mapping the magnetic field of stars.

All of this involves science, old science, new science, and developing science. Will it save our planet? Who knows...but every scientific step of the way will teach us what we are doing now is being reflected in our lives and where we live. If science can prove that, then yes-science can save our planet through each person who lives here. But it will have to begin with humanity, not science.

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