Skywatch

  • November 26, 2009

    Episode 249: IBEX Maps the Edge

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    Our Sun creates an insulating bubble, called the "heliosphere" around our solar system. This heliosphere shields us from a tenth of the galactic radiation pouring in from space. In 2008, NASA launched the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) to study the particles in this region. The first IBEX maps are now available, and they reveal much more complexity than models predicted.