Sun now has only a south magnetic pole??! This article in the popular press ["Strange Doings on the Sun", Wall Street Journal] mentions that the sun's regular oscillation in the location of its magnetic poles is now not synchronized, as it's expected to be. The sun's north magnetic pole has reversed to south but the south pole presently remains a south pole. What does this mean? What are the consequences and implications of this in understanding magnetism? Whether in an electromagnet or a permanent magnet, isn't it so that we've never observed a magnetic monopole, and, moreover, that it's not decided whether monopoles can exist? Yet now the sun is a monopole? I regret I don't know enough to ask a more penetrating question, but isn't this noteworthy?