Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sun - Earth Symphony

A recent discovery by the Astrophysicists at Goddard Space Centre establishes, what is known as a Flux Transfer Event (FTE) between the Sun and the Earth. As you read this blog , a magnetic portal will open, linking Earth to the sun 93 million miles away. Tons of high-energy particles may flow through the opening before it closes again. Researchers have long known that the Earth and sun must be connected. Earth's magnetosphere (the magnetic bubble that surrounds our planet) is filled with particles from the sun that arrive via the solar wind and penetrate the planet's magnetic defences. They enter by following magnetic field lines that can be traced from terra firma all the way back to the sun's atmosphere.
We used to think the connection was permanent and that solar wind could trickle into the near-Earth environment anytime the wind was active. We were wrong. The connections are not steady at all. They are often brief, bursty and very dynamic.
On the dayside of Earth (the side closest to the sun), Earth's magnetic field presses against the sun's magnetic field. Approximately every 8 minutes, the two fields briefly merge or "reconnect," forming a portal through which particles can flow. The portal takes the form of a magnetic cylinder about as wide as Earth.


{for those of you interested in more scientific probing, the spin of the atom keeps flipping between up and down spin as they are normally buffeted by thermal energy but when there is a strong magnetic field the spin is fixed. By polarization scanning quantum computing can be done at nano scale. Is the portal when open, do computation and data transfer? please see http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/News/2007/September/18090702.asp}

The beauty of this discovery is the 8 minute window. The number 8 has great significance in music as it represents an octave of musical notes. Notes an octave apart have the same tone but a double or half pitch. Before 2004 it was unknown if the human brain is hard-wired for the perception of octave circularity but now research has proven that not only humans but also monkeys have this unique brain structure.

I think we are witnessing a cosmic musical ensemble. There is tremendous order within the perceived chaos and the beauty of the Creator is manifest for the deep probing mind.

Love to you all

2 comments :

  1. As you said ‘there is tremendous order with in the perceived chaos’
    Like music notation, eight has striking significance in the field of nuclear physics. Eight is the second magic number. Most of the noble gases have eight valence electrons. In periodic table also we can see similar pattern when we put elements according to some of their properties.

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  2. Pramod, thanks for the enlightening input linking valency and chemistry to the octave.

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