7/11/2014 — ESA’s SWARM satellites reveal possible ‘pole shift’ beginning

Scientific American discusses the recent findings of the SWARM mission done by the ESA.

The article talks about signs of a possible ‘pole shift’ beginning to happen.

The European Space Agency SWARM satellites were launched to measure Earth’s magnetic fields, their movements, decay, and hotspots.

Here is my video on the subject (first a video from 2011 announcing the planned mission, then the new data from 2014).


 

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Above: Graphic release of a SWARM satellite given by the ESA


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/earth-s-magnetic-field-flip-could-happen-sooner-than-expected/

“Earth’s Magnetic Field Flip Could Happen Sooner Than Expected”

Earth’s magnetic field, which protects the planet from huge blasts of deadly solar radiation, has been weakening over the past six months, according to data collected by a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite array called Swarm.

The biggest weak spots in the magnetic field — which extends 370,000 miles (600,000 kilometers) above the planet’s surface — have sprung up over the Western Hemisphere, while the field has strengthened over areas like the southern Indian Ocean, according to the magnetometers onboard the Swarm satellites — three separate satellites floating in tandem.

The scientists who conducted the study are still unsure why the magnetic field is weakening, but one likely reason is that Earth’s magnetic poles are getting ready to flip, said Rune Floberghagen, the ESA’s Swarm mission manager. In fact, the data suggest magnetic north is moving toward Siberia.

“Such a flip is not instantaneous, but would take many hundred if not a few thousand years,” Floberghagen told Live Science. “They have happened many times in the past.”

Read the whole article at the above link


The above article says this could take many years to occur. The progression of the North pole, towards Siberia, can be seen in the new SWARM measurements in the above video.

Clearly the pole is moving, and picking up speed annually.

swarm wandering north pole shift

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