Mission finds bright ribbon at solar system border

WASHINGTON. October 17. KAZINFORM. A bright ribbon of hydrogen atoms marks the edge of the solar system, where the Sun's wind meets emissions from the rest of the galaxy, researchers reported on Thursday; Kazinform refers to China Daily.

They used telescopes aboard the orbiting Interstellar Boundary Explorer spacecraft or IBEX to look toward the heliopause, which is the boundary where solar wind meets galactic wind at the edge of the solar system beyond Pluto.

"The IBEX results are truly remarkable, with emissions not resembling any of the current theories or models of this never-before-seen region," David McComas of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, who led the research, said in a statement.

The researchers say the findings can tell them about the  interstellar cloud through which our Milky Way galaxy is moving and which the galaxy will leave in about 10,000 years; Kazinform cites China Daily. See www.chinadaily.com.cn for full version.

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