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The bow shock is created because the heliosphere is moving through like a boat through the water, crashing through the interstellar gases. The bow shock in front of the moving heliosphere is similar to the one observed by the Hubble Space Telescope. Click for animation. Credit: NASA
The milestone, which comes about a year after Voyager 1's crossing, comes earlier than expected and suggests to scientists that the edge of the shock is about one billion miles closer to the Sun in the southern region of the solar system than in the north.
This implies that the heliosphere, a spherical bubble of charged low-energy particles created by our Sun's solar wind, is irregularly shaped, bulging in the northern hemisphere and pressed inward in the south.
The results come from the first all-sky map created by NASA's new Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft, which launched in October 2008. While orbiting Earth, IBEX monitors incoming neutral atoms that originate billions of miles away at the solar systems edge to learn about the interaction between the sun and the cold expanse of space
If our hypothesis is correct, then we are catching atoms that originate from an interstellar cloud that is different from ours, says Dr. Maciej Bzowski, co-investigator of the mission and head of the Polish IBEX team. But since the creation of such ENA atoms is occurring throughout the entire boundary layer between the clouds, why do we see the Ribbon? It's a purely geometrical effect, which we observe because the Sun is presently just in the right place, within a thousand of astronomical units from the cloud boundary, explains Grzedzielski. If the cloud-cloud boundary is flat, or better slightly extruded towards the Sun, then it appears the thinnest towards the center of the Ribbon and thicker at the sides, right where we see the edge of the Ribbon. If we were farther away from the boundary, we would see no Ribbon, because all the ENAs would be re-ionized and dispersed in the intervening gas of the Local Cloud.
Recent solar activity highest in 8000 years
1.Suns magnetic field has decreased in size by 25%
2.300% increase in galactic dust entering our solar system
3.Mercurys magnetosphere experiencing significant increases
4.Venus exhibiting a 2500% increase in its green glow
5.Mars showing a rapid appearance of clouds and ozone
6.Mars observations reveal up to 50% erosion of its ice features within a 12 month period
7.Jupiter plasma torus increasing, its moon Io exhibiting the same changes
8.A 200% increase in the density of Ios plasma torus
9.Jupiters Disappearance of White Ovals since 1997 recent increase in storms
10.Ios ionosphere is 1000% higher
11.Jupiters moon Europa much brighter than scientists expected
12.Jupiters moon Gannymede is 200% brighter
13.Saturns plasma torus is 1000% denser
14.Aurora first seen in Saturns polar regions in recent years
15.Uranus was featureless in 1996 exhibiting huge storms since 1999
16.Uranus in 2004 was also markedly brighter than in 1999
17.Neptune is 40% brighter in the near infrared range based on observations from 1996 to 2002
18.Pluto observations reveal a 300% increase in atmospheric pressure
Scientists from Nasa say that Mars has warmed by about 0.5C since the 1970s. This is similar to the warming experienced on Earth over approximately the same period.
At least since 1989, Triton has been undergoing a period of global warming. Percentage-wise, it is a very large increase, said Elliot, professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and director of the Wallace Astrophysical Observatory. The 5 percent increase on the absolute temperature scale from about minus 392 degrees Fahrenheit to about minus 389 degrees Fahrenheit would be like the Earth experiencing a jump of about 22 degrees Fahrenheit.
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1. In the year 2,000, we enter the Photon Belt and the Fourth Dimension.
2. The photon Belt is what the ancient Greeks and Romans referred to as the Golden Age the era of Peace. There were no wars, famine, pestilence, etc., only Light.
3. Spiritually the Photon Belt is the abode of the Christ, the manasic radiation (the radiation and eminence of the Christ).
4. The Null Zone is the pre-transformational area where the old and archaic will be transmuted or destroyed. It is the separation of the wheat from the tares. There is a progressive intensity of light.
5. (See Diagram, above) The upper right-hand corner represents the new planet Earth for those souls who will not go into the Light. As we ascend, they descend and become the new planet Earth. New life forms repeat another 10,500 years of negativity and darkness.