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On the sun, south is almost everywhere

Astronomers have been shocked by the discovery that the sun has no south pole!

"Instruments on board the probe Ulysses have been measuring the radial component of the solar magnetic field. The field lines were expected to become more bunched and intense as the probe approached the south pole. 'Instead, the strength of the magnetic field remained absolutely constant,' says Richard Marsden, a project scientist on Ulysses."

(Anonymous; "No Solar Pole," New Scientist, p. 11, September 24, 1994.)

From Science Frontiers #96, NOV-DEC 1994. 1994-2000 William R. Corliss