IBEX helps paint picture of the magnetic system beyond the solar wind

Understanding the region of interstellar space through which the solar system travels is no easy task. Interstellar space begins beyond the heliosphere, the bubble of charged particles surrounding the sun that reaches far beyond the outer planets. Voyager 1 has crossed into this space, but it’s difficult to gain a complete global picture from measurements in only one direction.

NASA’s IBEX provides first view of the solar system’s tail

It has long been assumed that our solar system, like a comet, has a tail. Just as any object moving through another medium – for example, a meteor traveling through Earth’s atmosphere – causes the particles to form a stream trailing off behind it.

Mysterious 'ribbon' at edge of solar system explained

NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft has helped explain the striking narrow ribbon of charged particles emanating from the boundary of the solar system.

Sun moves too slowly for long-theorized 'bow shock'

Our sun is moving through the Milky Way more slowly than thought, new data from NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) satellite shows.

NASA identifies interstellar matter entering solar system

NASA has for the first time analyzed the 'alien matter' in the interstellar wind.

Solar system's cosmic ray shield weakens faster than expected

The 'force field' shielding our solar system from cosmic rays has declined in intensity by 10 to 15 percent over the last six months.