Unwanted and pointless ribbon around solar system!
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Astroboffins reckon they may have solved the mystery of the vast ribbon at the edge of our Solar System after three years of puzzling over it. Retention region shown around our heliosphere The mysterious band of energy and particles, first discovered by NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) at the edge of the system …
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best word ever
that is all
Why not "skyentists"?
(With apologies to whoever I nicked that from!)
As last lines in a movie go, I always liked "I'm going to get you astro-bastards!" at the end of Bad Taste.
Now the astroboffins need to build some astro zombies.
That would be the best science project ever.
Alien icon 'cause that's what the astro zombies look like...
and since we triggered it four years ago they'll be here any day now to put the animals back in the zoo.
... we can use this to power our star cruisers...
There is no menu on it!
Where do you click for File & Save As?
Ringworld was just a minor project . . .
To summerise the earth has a magnetic field around it, probably in rough proportion to the size of the planet.
The sun also has an magnetic field around it, probably in rough proportion to the size of the constant, ongoing fusion explosion that is to bright too look at ten light minutes away.
Am I missing something or is this a bit uh, obvious? It's not like nobody has heard of EMP, and can't figure out that a constant fusion explosion would give a roughly constant EMF up until you have a solar flare at which point you would get a pulse over the usual background level.
I dont think you quite understood the story Peter.
Just outside of the Solar System (beyond the point where the Solar Wind stops) we have a "ribbon" where energetic particles collect. This hasnt been properly explained before. What this thesis does is attempt to explain the phenomenon by saying that this is caused by the particles being trapped by the distortion in the magentic field of the intestellar medium caused by the solar system passing through it. Its a very interetsing theory.
Your suggestion above, fails to acocunt for this ribbon (i.e. that its only a thin slice - hence the name "ribbon") and only describes what happens at the Heliopause.
Thinking Star Trek Generations? Or has everyone else blanked it from their memories?
Star Trek... what?
So, should I try to get into the Nexus then?
"So, should I try to get into the Nexus then?"
That'll void your warranty, even if you did it in the name of science.
No, I understand that.
I'm just saying that the described effect appears to be about what you would reasonably expect from interactions with a frigging huge magnetic field and that it's obvious that the sun is going to generate a huge magnetic field.
... don't anyone tell Lewis.
Nah, not the ribbon from Star Trek Generations. Instead its like the energy barrier from TOS where the crewman gets zapped during an unsuccessful attempt to transition the barrier and then develops god-like powers that inevitably and lethally go to his head and Kirk has to try to maroon him on an old mining colony. This of course results in an end-of-episode showdown where Kirk's shirt (as usual) gets ripped.
I want world peace, and a bikini model girlfriend, and a margarita on the rocks, and a pony.....
Please tell God he promised no banner ads..
Here is the pre-print of the paper in full: http://arxiv.org/abs/1206.1273
Since the visible universe is 99.999% plasma, and ALL moving plasmas generate magnetic fields, this is no surprise.
I suspect that this is the solar system version of the aurora.
Is this proof that we actually now have seen The Flying Tagliatelle Monster?
I for one, welcome, etc...
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