heliosphere

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…

6 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…

12 months 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…

4 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…

10 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

Fly Along With Voyager

Far away, deep in the dark, near the edge of interstellar space, Voyager 1 and 2 are hurtling near the…

11 years ago

Winds of Change at the Edge of the Solar System

As the venerable Voyager 1 spacecraft hurtles ever outward, breaking through the very borders of our solar system at staggering…

12 years ago

Voyagers Find Giant Jacuzzi-like Bubbles at Edge of Solar System

[/caption] The barrier at the edge of our Solar System may not be the smooth shield that scientists once thought.…

13 years ago