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IBEX Provides First View Of the Solar System's Tail

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NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, recently mapped the boundaries of the solar system's tail, called the heliotail. By combining observations from the first three years of IBEX imagery, scientists have mapped out a tail that shows a combination of fast and slow moving particles. The entire structure twisted, because it experiences the pushing and pulling of magnetic fields outside the solar system.


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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?11301
Animation Number:11301
Completed:2013-07-09
Animators:Michael Lentz (USRA) (Lead)
 Walt Feimer (HTSI)
 Tom Bridgman (GST)
Producer:Genna Duberstein (USRA)
Scientists:Dave McComas (SwRI)
 Eric Christian Ph.D. (NASA/HQ)
 Nathan Schwadron (University of New Hampshire)
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Keywords:
SVS >> Heliosphere
SVS >> Magnetic Fields
SVS >> Plasma
SVS >> Solar Wind
SVS >> Sun
SVS >> IBEX
SVS >> Heliophysics
NASA Science >> Sun
NASA Science >> Universe
SVS >> Heliotail
 
 


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