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Strange Ribbon is a ‘Roadmap in the Sky’ for the Interstellar Magnetic Field, say Scientists

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posted on Feb, 15 2014 @ 08:46 AM
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Strange Ribbon is a ‘Roadmap in the Sky’ for the Interstellar Magnetic Field, say Scientists

A NASA spacecraft was the first to spot a strange ribbon of energy and particles at the edge of the solar system. Scientists have said that it appears to be a 'roadmap in the sky' for the interstellar magnetic field.

NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) discovered the solar system's mysterious energy ribbon in 2009. Scientists are observing the mysterious energy ribbon to gain a better insight into how the sun's environment protects that solar system from high-energy cosmic rays.

"What I always have been trying to do was to establish a clear connection between the very high-energy cosmic rays we're seeing (from the ground) and what IBEX is seeing", study leader Nathan Schwadron, a physicist at the University of New Hampshire, told Space.com.

Scientists believe that a better understanding of this energy ribbon could help them find details about the boundary between our solar system and interstellar space.

Prior to IBEX, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft provided the only source of information to find answers from the boundary in question. The spacecraft is now trying to find the outer extent of the Sun's magnetic field and solar wind, called heliopause.



Well, Well, Well...

Here we go. It seems our species are making remarkable new discoveries almost daily now. I think in the past two years I've personally noted over a dozen great finds, discoveries and developments regarding the Micro and Macro. Here we have a short but interesting read.

As Always, Stay tuned




posted on Feb, 15 2014 @ 08:51 AM
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Weld love to read more info on the new tech used to gauge this compared to voyager1. Very interesting find 😉



posted on Feb, 15 2014 @ 08:55 AM
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Another great thread Slayer.


But is the field there to protect the solar system.

Or to protect us?



posted on Feb, 15 2014 @ 09:09 AM
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I'm not exactly sure but for some reason this thread came to mind...

Astronomers Capture The First Image Of The Mysterious Web That Connects All Galaxies

For the first time, astronomers were able to see a string of hot gas known as a filament that is thought to be part of the mysterious underlying structure that dictates the layout of all the stars and galaxies in our universe.



posted on Feb, 15 2014 @ 09:36 AM
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It is what we do with this knowledge that makes it great or terrible. I hope with newer and profound discoveries that there would be a certain responsibility applied to its applications in regards to how we as people choose to further manipulate and probe these things and forces we do not understand fully yet.



posted on Feb, 15 2014 @ 09:36 AM
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Seems to me that this could be important in future breakthroughs in space travel.

Good find, Slayer.



posted on Feb, 15 2014 @ 10:13 AM
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Electric Universe, anybody?



posted on Feb, 15 2014 @ 11:20 AM
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Yeah, there we go, that's it.



posted on Feb, 15 2014 @ 07:43 PM
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Isnt that always the case?

This is why we can't seem to have nice things



posted on Feb, 15 2014 @ 08:08 PM
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Thats what I heard too apparently we are wrong



posted on Feb, 17 2014 @ 08:43 PM
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The magnetic field is just there as a consequence of the Sun's magnetic field. It's purpose is not to protect anything. What it does do however is reduce the number of cosmic rays at lower energy from penetrating so deep into the solar system. If you look at the flux plot for reconstructed primary cosmic rays there is a knee and ankle structure. This is what is being investigated.



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