News tagged with bow shocks

Rejigging the Cluster quartet

Aiming to study Earth's 'bow shock' in the solar wind, the constellation of Cluster satellites is being rejigged to bring two of the four to within almost touching distance.

dateJan 16, 2015 in Space Exploration
shares19 comments 2

The Sun's ripple effect

A new study co-authored by Boston University astronomers indicates that a bow shock (a dynamic boundary between the Sun's heliosphere and the interstellar medium) is highly likely. These findings challenge recent predictions ...

dateJul 30, 2013 in Space Exploration
shares0 comments 10

Wind mission encounters 'SLAMS' waves

( —As Earth moves around the sun, it travels surrounded by a giant bubble created by its own magnetic fields, called the magnetosphere. As the magnetosphere plows through space, it sets up a standing bow wave or ...

dateApr 16, 2013 in Space Exploration
shares0 comments 1

Betelgeuse braces for a collision

(—Multiple arcs are revealed around Betelgeuse, the nearest red supergiant star to Earth, in this new image from ESA's Herschel space observatory. The star and its arc-shaped shields could collide with an intriguing ...

dateJan 22, 2013 in Astronomy
shares0 comments 15

The solar wind is swirly

(—Using ESA's Cluster quartet of satellites as a space plasma microscope, scientists have zoomed in on the solar wind to reveal the finest detail yet, finding tiny turbulent swirls that could play a big role in ...

dateDec 19, 2012 in Space Exploration
shares0 comments 19