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I saw these figures and could not get why the magnetic field lines are not pointing from the north pole towards the south pole but they do the opposite.

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Or also this picture which is about magnetic characteristics of the sun says the same thing:

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That was a curiosity that I also had once. The reason for that is that the magnetic pole near earth's geographic north pole is actually the south magnetic pole. You can find a more detailed answer on https://wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2013/11/15/why-does-a-magnetic-compass-point-to-the-geographic-north-pole/

Happy Thanksgiving!

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    $\begingroup$ This is only half the answer, given that the question also asks about the Sun. The full answer is (presumably - I’m not an expert on this) that the convention is to show the direction of magnetic flux from the nominated south magnetic pole to nominated north magnetic pole. $\endgroup$ – Chappo Hasn't Forgotten Monica Nov 28 '19 at 23:21
  • $\begingroup$ @ChappoSaysReinstateMonica lol, I actually forgot that part of the question... Thanks for pointning out. $\endgroup$ – muyustan Nov 28 '19 at 23:35

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