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Mysterious Energy Ribbon at Solar System's Edge a 'Cosmic Roadmap'
Space.com ^ | February 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell

Posted on 02/13/2014 9:00:18 PM PST by 12th_Monkey

A strange ribbon of energy and particles at the edge of the solar system first spotted by a NASA spacecraft appears to serve as a sort of "roadmap in the sky" for the interstellar magnetic field, scientists say.

By comparing ground-based studies and in-space observations of solar system's mysterious energy ribbon, which was first discovered by NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) in 2009, scientists are learning more details about the conditions at the solar system's edge. The study also sheds light into the sun's environment protects the solar system from high-energy cosmic rays.

The ribbon is roughly perpendicular to the interstellar magnetic field while cosmic rays stream, on average, along the interstellar magnetic field. (The particles themselves are created from interactions between the solar wind and interstellar matter.)

In the longer term, Schwadron said work like this will help scientists better understand more about the boundary between our solar system and interstellar space. This is a region that only one mission — NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft — has reached so far, and scientists know little about what that environment is like.

(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Miscellaneous; Science
KEYWORDS: interstellar; solarsystem; space; startrekvi; thenexus
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This is something I haven't read about before, so I thought I'd pass it up the line and see if anyone else has.
1 posted on 02/13/2014 9:00:18 PM PST by 12th_Monkey
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To: 12th_Monkey

they covered this in a star trek episode decades ago


2 posted on 02/13/2014 9:02:03 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred

Yes, the energy ribbon that took Kirk


3 posted on 02/13/2014 9:03:49 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: 12th_Monkey
Yeah. We saw that in a Star Trek movie some time ago. Old news.

Killed Kirk.

Made Picard cry for Christmas.


4 posted on 02/13/2014 9:04:05 PM PST by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: INVAR; GraceG
Except that Star Trek: Generations is the Stupidest Movie every made.

It Ruined Everything, not just Start Trek Movies, but Everything!

5 posted on 02/13/2014 9:06:43 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: 12th_Monkey
I've wondered for years ... Do we live on the third electron of a fluoride atom?
6 posted on 02/13/2014 9:07:23 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: KC_Lion

What about Manos: Hands of Fate or Thelma and Louise?


7 posted on 02/13/2014 9:13:20 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: no-to-illegals

The second.


8 posted on 02/13/2014 9:13:41 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: no-to-illegals
I've wondered for years ... Do we live on the third electron of a fluoride atom?

If we do, we won't know what time it is. But if we know the time, we won't know if we do.

So, what time is it?

9 posted on 02/13/2014 9:13:45 PM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: KC_Lion
Except that Star Trek: Generations is the Stupidest Movie every made.

It Ruined Everything, not just Start Trek Movies, but Everything!

The red letter media and SFdebris review of generations is must see.

The Kurlan naiskos in 2371, seconds before Picard discards it among the rubble

10 posted on 02/13/2014 9:15:32 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Army Air Corps
Are you saying Mercury or Venus is not valid? Then there maybe is another problem if Pluto is not valid.
11 posted on 02/13/2014 9:16:10 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: GraceG
You know what they did? They found that prop in the prop department and said "Hey Picard had this didn't he?"

And they put it on the set without remember it's significance of the episode it was in.

12 posted on 02/13/2014 9:18:22 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Talisker
what time is it?

Depends on if time is relevant. In most equations, our known knowledge says, time is not important.

13 posted on 02/13/2014 9:18:22 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Army Air Corps

Except they didn’t ruin a whole franchise’s line of movies :/


14 posted on 02/13/2014 9:18:46 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: 12th_Monkey

If you really look at was is said, nothing makes sense and nothing can be proven. It is all assumption, unprovable by experimentation and not in the realm of pure science, but it makes for good copy for the low information crowd. Go back to your TV and please do not think, that capacity was lost long ago.


15 posted on 02/13/2014 9:21:45 PM PST by Fungi
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To: KC_Lion

” You know what they did? They found that prop in the prop department and said “Hey Picard had this didn’t he?”

And they put it on the set without remember it’s significance of the episode it was in. “

My explanation, After the episode the Chase picard gave it to the university and had them scan it and make a replicated replica of it out of epoxy or something and put THAT in his ready room.

It would make no sense to have the actual artifact on a starship that literally blew up more than once a season..


16 posted on 02/13/2014 9:21:55 PM PST by GraceG
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To: KC_Lion

True!


17 posted on 02/13/2014 9:24:49 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: GraceG
Grace, YOU should have wrote for Star Trek.

Braga is nowhere NEAR that clever.

He'd have Amelia Earhart on an Alien Planet out in the Delta Quadrant and then write her off after one episode.

Oh Wait......

18 posted on 02/13/2014 9:25:52 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: no-to-illegals

They are just an illusion created by The Man.


19 posted on 02/13/2014 9:26:18 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: no-to-illegals
Depends on if time is relevant. In most equations, our known knowledge says, time is not important.

But at the scale of electrons quantum physics effects manifest, and the Heisenburg Uncertainty Principle invokes spacetime issues.

20 posted on 02/13/2014 9:28:17 PM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: KC_Lion

Wham!


21 posted on 02/13/2014 9:28:26 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

No disagreement ... Have always been fascinated by space.


22 posted on 02/13/2014 9:29:39 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

Just teasing you, FRiend.

I, too, have been fascinated by what is “Out There.” There is so much cool stuff be it in deep space or in our own little neighbourhood.


23 posted on 02/13/2014 9:32:09 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Talisker

yet we still don’t know what is the natural law and order of the universe ... we have only theories and a few isolated instances where we think we may have a natural law.


24 posted on 02/13/2014 9:32:12 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: INVAR

I said to myself as I clicked on this thread, “Someone will have already posted an image of the energy ribbon from Star Trek”


25 posted on 02/13/2014 9:32:19 PM PST by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: INVAR

When you get right down to it, they were hard core storm chasers. Basically, it was Twsiter in space.


26 posted on 02/13/2014 9:36:21 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Thought you might be teasing but I know I know nothing ... I came to that conclusion long ago ... that I knew nothing about the universe. Too much is theory only to form a rational conclusion based on accuracy.


27 posted on 02/13/2014 9:36:21 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

Indeed. We are still learning about what is, basically, our own front porch. In the last few years we have learned more about our own Moon and that is a mere quarter of a million miles a way.


28 posted on 02/13/2014 9:42:41 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

This place (the universe) is fascinating. Time can be based on the place or not the place occupied. Time may overlap with another time in another place or it may not. Our questions are presently be entertained by probes for we cannot go there based on time or no time. I become lost when looking in my own backyard ... LOL.


29 posted on 02/13/2014 9:46:30 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: KC_Lion

My distillation of Star Trek: Generations

When you get right down to it, they were hard core storm chasers. Basically, it was Twsiter in space.


30 posted on 02/13/2014 9:51:18 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: no-to-illegals

“I’ve wondered for years ... Do we live on the third electron of a fluoride atom?”

If such is the question, what is the valence of the third electron? If you do not know the answer, do not reply.

However I did enjoy your post.


31 posted on 02/13/2014 10:59:02 PM PST by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!!!!)
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To: Army Air Corps


32 posted on 02/13/2014 11:13:44 PM PST by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: no-to-illegals
yet we still don’t know what is the natural law and order of the universe ... we have only theories and a few isolated instances where we think we may have a natural law.

Dude, I thought you knew... it's 42.

33 posted on 02/13/2014 11:46:16 PM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Talisker

Does anybody really know what time it is?


34 posted on 02/14/2014 2:14:45 AM PST by ArtDodger
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To: no-to-illegals
In most equations, our known knowledge says, time is not important.

When my boss once questioned me as to why I was late for work I used that very same explanation......It didn't work.

35 posted on 02/14/2014 2:25:29 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (I think I've lost my mojo.....)
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To: no-to-illegals

anything is possible


36 posted on 02/14/2014 3:25:35 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Fungi

Nope time to turn the TV off, your mom “needs” me.


37 posted on 02/14/2014 3:27:40 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: bigheadfred
No, the Star Trek episode dealt with the energy barrier at the edge of the galaxy, not the solar system.
38 posted on 02/14/2014 3:38:04 AM PST by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: 12th_Monkey

Bookmark for later reading.


39 posted on 02/14/2014 4:13:35 AM PST by SunTzuWu
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To: cpdiii

I find your thought interesting and although I do not know the answer to your thought ... I’ll explain why I do not know with this link ... http://chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/444/can-an-atom-have-more-than-8-valence-electrons-if-not-why-is-8-the-limit ... Great question btw!


40 posted on 02/14/2014 5:18:40 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: INVAR
It may be a ribbon around the galaxy...

But on Saturn...a giant bolt is winding it up.

41 posted on 02/14/2014 5:30:17 AM PST by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: Army Air Corps; GraceG

42 posted on 02/14/2014 6:14:06 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: spokeshave

Look for the giant, invisible torque wrench...


43 posted on 02/14/2014 6:44:22 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: INVAR

Okay, now I HAVE to see that! It looks cheesy enough to be worth watching.


44 posted on 02/14/2014 6:48:52 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Master would not approve of the comparison


45 posted on 02/14/2014 6:50:28 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: KC_Lion

It’s all good, G.


46 posted on 02/14/2014 6:50:49 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Indeed. ;-)


47 posted on 02/14/2014 6:58:45 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: 12th_Monkey
What is this?

Sorry, it's a facebook video so may not be available to all

48 posted on 02/14/2014 3:48:48 PM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: bigheadfred

49 posted on 02/14/2014 3:54:44 PM PST by NYFreeper
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To: hattend

Yeah, I don’t do facebook, but it’s the thought that counts


50 posted on 02/14/2014 4:15:06 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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