IBEX Maps Solar System's Tail

  • Released Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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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This page was originally published on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:52 PM EDT.


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  • NASA’s IBEX Provides First View Of the Solar System’s Tail (ID: 2013062)
    Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 4:00AM
    Produced by - Will Duquette (NASA)