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I don't know why society has lost its zest for space interest.
Images from the Ion and Neutral Camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft suggest that the heliosphere, the region of the sun's influence, may not have the comet-like shape predicted by existing models. In a paper published Oct. 15 in Science Express, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory present a new view of the heliosphere, and the forces that shape it.
The Ion and Neutral Camera images suggest that the solar wind's interaction with the interstellar medium is instead more significantly controlled by particle pressure and magnetic field energy density.
"The map we've created from the images suggests that pressure from a hot population of charged particles and interaction with the interstellar medium's magnetic field strongly influence the shape of the heliosphere," says Don Mitchell, Magnetospheric Imaging Instrument/Ion and Neutral Camera co-investigator at the Applied Physics Lab.
Originally posted by squiz
The big clue they are talking about.. the fact that this ribbon lies perpendicular to the galactic magnetic field suggests this is electromagnetic in nature.
Originally posted by nixie_nox
reply to post by took24
I don't know why society has lost its zest for space interest. Though I do think that is gearing up again a little. I think landing on the moon (whether you believe it or not) is was so anti-climatic that space interest has been hard to gear up again.
but if we keep finding cool stuff like this, maybe kids will start taking an interest.
I know that I would LOVE to buy a telescope for our family. But they are way too expensive.
Originally posted by chiron613
Without at least some basics, people are unable to distinguish between valid scientific comments and arguments, and complete nonsense. This is one of the reasons the US even has something called "Creation Science". People don't know what the word "science" even means.
Originally posted by LightFantastic
The ribbon is from a bow, some alien has just bought his wife a present.
It was either our solar system or a giant toblerone
William Spann to me 1:02 PM (5 hours ago).
Well, sadly the mainstream scientist are simply at a loss to explain even the most fundamental workings of anything in the heavens because they do not understand the Electric Universe. The ribbon they are refering to is nothing more than the varying electomagnetic current sheath were the sun's heliopause and the intergalactic Birkeland currents emenating from the Milky Way istself intersect. The correct technical term for this is a "plasma double layer"....not "magnetic flux tubes" and there is a chapter in Don Scott's Electric Sky that explain that where the suns heliopause intersects with the galactic Birkeland currents there is a energetic exchange of electric charge......that is what strips the ions of their electric charge.....
Originally posted by chiron613Another reason for the lack of interest is that most people (in the US, at least) are almost completely lacking in scientific education. Outside of a few basic science courses, very few US students care about science or learn much about it. They have no idea what is being talked about when discussions are had concerning space exploration or technology. They cannot imagine the distances involved, are unclear about what a galaxy is or how it's different from a star or a planet or even an eclipse. Without at least some basics, people are unable to distinguish between valid scientific comments and arguments, and complete nonsense. This is one of the reasons the US even has something called "Creation Science". People don't know what the word "science" even means.
SAT and ACT Scores by Race/Ethnicity: 2003
In recent years the noted pattern of test scores has reflected similar numbers--
SAT Ethnic Group Scores (Math/Verbal+total)
• American Indian---482/480 (962)
• Asian American-----575/508 (1083)
• African American-----426/431 (857)
• Puerto Rican----457/448 (905)
Other Hispanic----464/457 (921)
• White-----534/529 (1063)
• Other ----513/501 (1014)
Average ACT Composite Score by Race/Ethnicity, 2003
• African American ----16.9
• American Indian---18.7
• Caucasian---- 21.7
• Mexican American----18.3
• Asian American---- 21.8
• Other ----19.3
• Prefer Not to Respond -----21.8
• No Response-----20.1