The Local Interstellar Wind as Seen by IBEX

This visual presents a color-coded full-sky neutral atom map in a Hammer projection. This map is different from earlier IBEX maps in that it shows atoms only at energies where the interstellar wind is the brightest feature in the maps.

In Earth's orbit, where IBEX makes its observations, the maximum flow (in red) is seen to arrive from Libra instead of Scorpio because the interstellar wind is forced to curve around the Sun by gravity.

Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Scott Wiessinger (USRA): Producer
Genna Duberstein (USRA): Producer
Dave McComas (SwRI): Scientist
Nathan Schwadron (University of New Hampshire): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio and the University of New Hampshire.

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IBEX Views the Local Interstellar Wind

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