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NASA's IBEX Observations Pin Down Interstellar Magnetic Field ( 26

An anonymous reader writes: Immediately after its 2008 launch, NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spotted a curiosity in a thin slice of space: more particles streamed in through a long, skinny swath in the sky than anywhere else. Now, a new study uses IBEX data and simulations of the interstellar boundary to better describe space in our galactic neighborhood. The paper, published earlier this month in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, precisely determines the strength and direction of the magnetic field outside the heliosphere. Such information gives us a peek into the magnetic forces that dominate the galaxy beyond, teaching us more about our home in space. The new paper is based on one particular theory of the origin of the IBEX ribbon, in which the particles streaming in from the ribbon are actually solar material reflected back at us after a long journey to the edges of the Sun's magnetic boundaries.
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NASA's IBEX Observations Pin Down Interstellar Magnetic Field

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    The article does not even have a link to a reputable source like forbes.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 29, 2016 @07:13AM (#51607275)

    With no script, those pages are just a dark hole.

    Sometimes, when I think there's a cool pic in there, I go for the source and dumpster-dive for some .jpg -- that works in most cases.

    What happened to some informative, readable blurb and perhaps a pic or two? For those looking for, you know, some information? I don't give a flying fuck about "experience".

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      With no electricity, my damn computer is just a brick.

      Why aren't the PC manufacturers making mechanical computers? It's ridiculous that we need all this infrastructure just to read a few words on a screen.

  • It seems NASA's interstellar boundary explorer (an admittedly clever word triplet) has discovered what they believe is a feed back loop from the Heliosphere... []

    made possible by the existence of magnetic fields elsewhere in the universe.

  • by danda ( 11343 )

    electric universe...

  • The European Space Agency (ESA) has done some magnetic field work on our own Milky Way [] from their Planck satellite.

    Even more impressive [] is the polarized dust in our galaxy, showing directionality of magnetic fields.

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