The sun is well into a flip in polarity - with its north and south poles swapping places - but the process isn't going as expected, scientists say.
Scientists understand that Earth's magnetic field has flipped its polarity many times over the millennia. The answer, from the geologic and fossil records we have from hundreds of past magnetic polarity reversals, seems to be "no." Read Post
About every 11 years the magnetic field on the sun reverses completely – the north magnetic pole switches to south, and vice versa. This flip coincides with the greatest solar activity seen on the sun in any given cycle, known... Read Post
The sun "sheds" its magnetic field on a fairly regular 11-year cycle, during which north and south polarity swap places. But this time around the reorientation is happening at different rates, with one pole reemerging faster than th... Read Post