The edge of the solar system is a turbulent place, filled with a roiling sea of huge magnetic bubbles, new research suggests.
The find, made with the help of observations from NASA's venerable Voyager probes, shakes up prevailing views of the solar system's outer reaches. And it shows that this region, once thought to be a relatively firm shield against interstellar particles such as galactic cosmic rays, is actually more of a porous membrane.
"We will have to change our view of how the sun interacts with particles, fields and gases from other stars," Arik Posner, a Voyager program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., told reporters today (June 9).
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Video: Voyager Satellites Find Magnetic Bubbles at Edge of Solar System
The magnetic field gets unexpectedly bubbly at the edge of the solar system.