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We Were Totally Wrong About the Sun's Shape Until Yesterday

For as long as we've bothered to care about heavenly bodies other than our own, we've thought that the size of the Sun varies throughout its 11-year solar cycles. Intense magnetic forces, the theory went, rendered it as malleable as a sturdy stress ball. That was a good theory, backed up by decades of data. » 8/17/12 9:30am 8/17/12 9:30am