The solar system roadmap: ribbon found at edge of solar system

February 18, 2014 by  
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NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer satellite (IBEX) in 2009 discovered what appeared to be a bright ribbon, moving in space, at the edge of the solar system, and releasing strange, but high energy emissions. The ribbon’s existence, never before predicted by previous interplanetary models,  is still something of a mystery for scientists, although they are now beginning to gauge a correlation between the high spectrum ribbon and cosmic, magnetic rays coming from nearby supernovas, leading them to suspect that the ribbon may be able to act as a sort of road map for interstellar magnetic fields at the solar system’s edge, in the way that they contrast with the polarity of the sun’s heliosphere.

Voyager 1′s new imaging, analyzed by experts at the University of New Hampshire, suggests that the ribbon runs perpendicular to the interstellar magnetic field. This could lead to an understanding of the physical properties of the universe beyond our solar system. The exact substance is still a mystery, with several papers published that have yet to reach a consensus on the material that composes the magnetic field. What is even more puzzling to experts is locating the precise point in space at which Voyager 1 is located when photographing the spectrums – if it is indeed at the edge of the solar system, influenced by solar wind energy from the sun, or located somewhere within interstellar orbit. The latter hypothesis has been supported by NASA, claiming that the probe entered interstellar space, outside our solar system around August 25, 2012. However, the Voyager 1 spectral images of the ribbon appear to be flowing in a different direction than the pattern indicated by IBEX.

Although they are unsure about the exact nature of these lines – this could be the start of something much more groundbreaking. A lot of the misunderstanding is attributable to the physics not yet being fully understood, and this discovery could lead to a new revelation in what we know about the universe, that these magnetic disruptions could affect what we recognize as boundaries in space.

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