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New observations from NASA's long-running Voyager 2 spacecraft show the solar system is asymmetrical, likely from disturbances in the interstellar magnetic field, scientists reported Monday. The discovery came after the 30-year-old unmanned probe sailed near the edge of the solar system this past summer following its twin, Voyager 1, which reached that part of space in 2004.
it confirmed that our solar system is “squashed” or “dented”– that the bubble carved into interstellar space by the solar wind is not perfectly round. Where Voyager 2 made its crossing, the bubble is pushed in closer to the sun by the local interstellar magnetic field.
Originally posted by Daedalus3
..Its a pity that they don't have images of this new realization though. Images are always cool.
Good find OP
The termination shock is believed responsible for the acceleration of the so-called ``anomalous'' cosmic rays. These are (primarily) singly charged hydrogen, helium, argon, nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon nuclei with energies of order 20 - 300 MeV. It is believed that these particles are originally interstellar neutrals that are picked-up by the solar wind, convected outward, and energised at the termination shock. The details of this acceleration process are still being worked on. However this process occurs, the flux of anomalous cosmic rays should peak at the shock and decrease with increasing distance away from it.