Sun  ID: 12639

Where is the Edge of the Solar System?

Where does the solar system end? It all depends on the criteria you are using. Based on where the planets end, you could say it's Neptune and the Kuiper Belt. If you measure by edge of the sun's magnetic fields, the end is the heliosphere. If you judge by the stopping point of sun's gravitational influence, the solar system would end at the Oort Cloud.
 

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Genna Duberstein (USRA): Lead Producer
Brian Monroe (USRA): Lead Animator
Aaluk Edwardson (InuTeq, LLC): Narrator
Eric Christian Ph.D. (NASA/HQ): Scientist
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Keywords:
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Heliosphere
SVS >> Sun
SVS >> Solar System
SVS >> Voyager
SVS >> Interstellar Medium
NASA Science >> Sun
SVS >> Pluto
SVS >> Kuiper Belt