heliosphere

Was Earth’s Climate Affected by Interstellar Clouds?

Scientists scour the Earth and the sky for clues to our planet's climate history. Powerful and sustained volcanic eruptions can…

7 days ago

Stellar Winds Coming From Other Stars Measured for the First Time

An international research team led by the University of Vienna has made a major breakthrough. In a study recently published…

2 months ago

Want to Leave the Solar System? Here’s a Route to Take

The edge of the Solar System is defined by the heliosphere and its heliopause. The heliopause marks the region where…

3 months ago

A 2022 Gamma Ray Burst Was So Powerful, it was Detected by Spacecraft Across the Solar System

Gamma-ray bursts are some of the most powerful explosions ever detected, emitting more radiation than the rest of their host…

9 months ago

NASA Restores a Spacecraft by Turning it Off and Then On Again

When faced with a potentially mission-ending problem with NASA’s 15-year-old Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft, engineers performed a time-honored procedure…

1 year ago

This is What the Solar System Really Looks Like

At first glance, it looks like something from an alien autopsy. A strange organ cut from a xenomorph's thorax, under…

4 years ago

The heliosphere looks a lot weirder than we originally thought

Every second of every day, our sun spits out a stream of tiny high-energy particles, known as the solar wind.…

4 years ago

What Voyager 2 Learned After Spending a Year in Interstellar Space

Only two of humanity's spacecraft have left the Solar System: NASA's Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. Voyager 1 left the…

5 years ago

The Eerie Music of Interstellar Space

While it's true that there's no air to carry sound in space, starship explosions would be strangely silent and no…

11 years ago

Our Solar System Has a Tail Shaped Like a Four-Leaf Clover: New Findings from IBEX

Our Solar System is moving through interstellar space and scientists have long thought that the “bubble” around our Solar System…

11 years ago