Contact: Susan Hendrix
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Caption: In 2009, NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission science team constructed the first-ever all-sky map of the interactions occurring at the edge of the solar system, where the sun's influence diminishes and interacts with the interstellar medium. A 2013 paper provides a new explanation for a giant ribbon of energetic neutral atoms -- shown here in light green and blue -- streaming in from that boundary.
Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
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