The Solar System Has A Tail

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Posted July 11, 2013 by Johnny2x in Space

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The Solar System Has A Tail

Popsci.com has this awesome image today from NASA.:

NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) has caught a glimpse of something we’ve long suspected was there, but could never actually observe: Our tail.

Our Solar System’s Tail An illustration of what our solar system’s tail looks like, according to new observations from IBEX. NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

“Many models have suggested the heliotail might be like this or like that, but we’ve had no observations. We always drew pictures where the tail of the heliosphere just disappears off the page, since we couldn’t even speculate about what it really looked like,” IBEX’s principle researcher David McComas said. Scientists still aren’t sure how far the tail extends.

The heliotail is described in a paper in the Astrophysical Journal today.

[NASA via Phys.org]

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