posted on Oct, 31 2012 @ 03:36 PM
I believe that this is a reason for the weirdness.....
Its called the Interstellar Cloud or Local Fluff
"Using data from Voyager, we have discovered a strong magnetic field just outside the solar system," explains lead author Merav Opher, a NASA
Heliophysics Guest Investigator from George Mason University. "This magnetic field holds the interstellar cloud together and solves the long-standing
puzzle of how it can exist at all."
What can this ribbon of magnetic energy do? What caused it?
Astronomers call the cloud we're running into now the Local Interstellar Cloud or "Local Fluff" for short. It's about 30 light years wide and
contains a wispy mixture of hydrogen and helium atoms at a temperature of 6000 C. The existential mystery of the Fluff has to do with its
surroundings. About 10 million years ago, a cluster of supernovas exploded nearby, creating a giant bubble of million-degree gas. The Fluff is
completely surrounded by this high-pressure supernova exhaust and should be crushed or dispersed by it.
Can it cause climate change on Earth?
The fact that the Fluff is strongly magnetized means that other clouds in the galactic neighborhood could be, too. Eventually, the solar system
will run into some of them, and their strong magnetic fields could compress the heliosphere even more than it is compressed now. Additional
compression could allow more cosmic rays to reach the inner solar system, possibly affecting terrestrial climate and the ability of astronauts to
travel safely through space.
What are we doing to try and understand all the data?
October 19, 2012 marks exactly four years since the launch of the IBEX spacecraft. On that same date in 2008, the many in the team and I watched
from Dulles, Virginia as IBEX was carried into space by a Pegasus rocket launched from Kwajalein, an atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It was
a tense day, but in the end, everything worked out just fine and IBEX was safely in its initial orbit around Earth. In the last weeks of December, we
were elated when IBEX began detecting energetic neutral atoms (ENAs) coming from the boundary of our Solar System. Little did we know that day the
amazing discoveries that were in store for us. In October 2009, IBEX’s first science results were released, highlighting the surprising and
completely unexpected "IBEX Ribbon," an arc–shaped region in the sky that is producing many more ENAs than was expected. During the past three
years, we also have detected neutral atoms from outside our heliosphere as they make their way to Earth’s region of our Solar System, and we have
discovered ENAs coming from the surface of our Moon and from regions just outside and inside Earth’s magnetosphere. Most recently, we announced that
there is no bow shock for our heliosphere, a complete paradigm shift from what was thought before. To date, scientists have already published 100
papers related to this small but remarkable mission — what an incredible scientific harvest!
There is a lot more information on the websites and I have done other research and find it is quite amazing and scary at the same time. There are many
threads on this phenomenon here on ATS if you would like to read more scientific information. This is a subject I wish more people would be interested
Thanks for posting the thread!!