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Space probes show solar system dented, not round

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posted on Jul, 2 2008 @ 01:18 PM
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Space probes show solar system dented, not round


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WASHINGTON - When viewed from the rest of the galaxy, the edge of our solar system appears slightly dented as if a giant hand is pushing one edge of it inward, far-traveling NASA probes reveal.
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Information from Earth's first space probes to hit the thick edge of the solar system — called the heliosheath where the solar wind slows abruptly — paint a picture that is not the simple circle that astronomers long thought, according to several studies published Thursday in the journal Nature. Surprised astronomers said they will have to change their models for what the solar system looks like.
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posted on Jul, 2 2008 @ 01:18 PM
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So the solar system is not perfectly round, wow. This should be especially interesting to physicists and astronomers trying to figure out what other forces are acting on us "out there".

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posted on Jul, 2 2008 @ 01:58 PM
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No one has thought the solar system was perfectly round, it's been know that's it's elliptical for a really long time, so the article is misleading in that sense. I don't know what they mean by dented.



posted on Jul, 2 2008 @ 02:29 PM
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Wow,thats some pretty big news.Makes you wonder is the 'dent' caused by a neighboring star?Although I don't think Nibiru is likely true it seems like this would give it more credence.



posted on Jul, 2 2008 @ 02:47 PM
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well at the bottom of the article they explain that it is forces from diff. star systems in the Milky Way causing it. No big deal, actually the big deal is that the voyagers are still working and sending back data. thats cool as hell.



posted on Jul, 2 2008 @ 02:49 PM
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Originally posted by yellowcard
No one has thought the solar system was perfectly round, it's been know that's it's elliptical for a really long time, so the article is misleading in that sense. I don't know what they mean by dented.


because of the enormous gravitational field at the center of the galaxy, it stands to reason that this is correct. the "hand" pushing in is simply the force being applied to our solar system as well as to others in this galaxy.



posted on Jul, 2 2008 @ 02:53 PM
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Originally posted by Totalstranger
well at the bottom of the article they explain that it is forces from diff. star systems in the Milky Way causing it. No big deal, actually the big deal is that the voyagers are still working and sending back data. thats cool as hell.


Good point about the Voyagers,I thought they died out years ago.



posted on Jul, 2 2008 @ 03:52 PM
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Just some more news in more detail
www.planetary.org...



posted on Jul, 2 2008 @ 05:27 PM
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Originally posted by jimmyx

Originally posted by yellowcard
No one has thought the solar system was perfectly round, it's been know that's it's elliptical for a really long time, so the article is misleading in that sense. I don't know what they mean by dented.


because of the enormous gravitational field at the center of the galaxy, it stands to reason that this is correct. the "hand" pushing in is simply the force being applied to our solar system as well as to others in this galaxy.


I didn't ask "why?" I asked what is meant by "dent." Dent as in planetary orbits have curvature or dent as in the bending of light, or dent as in...what?



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