Missing boundary at edge of the solar system, NASA's IBEX reveals

Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 22:30 in Astronomy & Space

For the last few decades, space scientists have generally accepted that the bubble of gas and magnetic fields generated by the sun moves through space, creating three distinct boundary layers that culminate in an outermost bow shock. This shock is similar to the sonic boom created ahead of a supersonic jet. A collection of new data however, now indicate that the sun does not have a bow shock.

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