The Local Interstellar Wind as Seen by IBEX

  • Released Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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.

Polished version of the annotated skymap with glows added to stars and drop-shadows added to text.

Polished version of the annotated skymap with glows added to stars and drop-shadows added to text.



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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio and the University of New Hampshire.

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This page was originally published on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:53 PM EDT.


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