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IBEX First Skymap Release

The Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission science team has used data from NASA's IBEX spacecraft to construct the first-ever all-sky map of the interactions occurring at the edge of the solar system, where the sun's influence diminishes and interacts with the interstellar medium. The interstellar boundary region shields our solar system from most of the dangerous galactic cosmic radiation that would otherwise enter from interstellar space.

This visualization illustrates the IBEX satellite in Earth orbit (the orbit reaching almost as far as the orbit of the Moon) and pulls out to beyond the heliopause boundary (the true 3-D nature of the boundary is reduced to a 2-D spherical surface). The sphere with the skymap opens to reproject the data into a near-Aitoff type map projection.

The skymap shows the measured flux of energetic neutral atoms (ENAs).

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Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Scott Wiessinger (UMBC): Video Editor
Silvia Stoyanova (UMBC): Producer
Dave McComas (SwRI): Scientist
Robert J. MacDowall (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Eric Christian Ph.D. (NASA/HQ): Scientist
Laura A. Layton (RSIS): Writer
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Science Paper:
Global Observations of the Interstellar Interaction from the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX)

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Data Used:
Hipparcos/Telescope/Tycho 2 Catalogue
IBEX/IBEX-Hi/Differential Flux (0.9-1.5 keV) None

This item is part of these series:
IBEX Videos
IBEX First Skymap Release

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