This image shows the Sun's polarity
measured by Ulysses
VHM/FGM Instrument Page
Ulysses has a different orbit
than most spacecraft. It got swung past Jupiter
into an orbit that takes it past the north and south poles of the Sun. This is the sling shot approach
to getting a spacecraft into orbit.
The Sun acts like it has a big magnet in the middle of it. We call this the Sun's magnetic field.
Ulysses is tracking the Sun's magnetic field with an instrument called a magnetometer.It tells how strong the magnetic field is at different times and at different places around the Sun.
Scientists are very excited about the data the magnetometer has collected. They are all looking forward to more new data.
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