Re: The Sun has no South Pole
Per a NASA web site I referenced,
Ulysses was slung out toward Jupiter in 1991 and back toward the Sun for
a pass of the South Pole in 1994 and then the North Pole the next year.
They found, and have long reported since 1994 and 1995, apparently:
==> The Sun has a magnetic South Pole pointing in
the SAME DIRECTION as Earth, and a North
Pole likewise pointing in the SAME DIRECTION
as Earth. <===
JPL May 1991
The Ulysses spacecraft is presently cruising through the
ecliptic plane - the plane in which the planets of the solar
system orbit - on a trajectory that will use the gravity of
Jupiter to deflect Ulysses out of the ecliptic plane and
onward to the polar regions of the sun.
JPL December 5, 1994
The solar wind fields bear the imprint of magnetic
fields originating on the Sun, which increase in
strength toward the poles, just like the magnetic
field of the Earth. Surprisingly, however, Ulysses's
observations have not revealed the expected
increase from the equator to the poles. ... Another
major result involving magnetic fields is the
continual presence in the polar cap of very strong
waves. ... However, the strong waves being reported
by the Ulysses magnetic field investigators are now
thought ... [new theory replacing debunked theory] ...
Ulysses is now leaving the south polar region of the
JPL June 1995
Plasma waves - electrical and magnetic fields that
result from unstable distributions in the particles
making up the solar wind - play a role in regulating
the behavior of solar wind particles and were
expected to be found at nearly identical levels in
both hemispheres of the Sun. However, as Ulysses
crossed the Sun's equator and entered the northern
hemisphere, observations revealed significantly
higher levels of several varieties of plasma waves
in the northern region of the Sun, compared to their
presence in the southern hemisphere. ...
ESO, June 6 1995
Data from science experiments on board the spacecraft
also revealed the strong influence of the Sun's
magnetic equator, which is inclined, or tilted, with
respect to the Sun's rotational equator. ... "Magnetic
fields characteristic of the north solar hemisphere,
which point outward from the Sun, are seen
interspersed with inward-directed fields from the
southern hemisphere," Smith said.
In Article <email@example.com> Paul Schlyter
> Does the Sun have a significant overall magnetic field
> at all? Isn't any such field much weaker than local
> magnetic fields in the vicinity of sunspots and other
> active regions? With a weak overall magnetic field,
> it's meaningless to try to define some magnetic "poles".
Wrong. Paul is wrong too. Wrong wrong wrong.