News tagged with bow shocks

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 ...

Jul 30, 2013
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Wind mission encounters 'SLAMS' waves

(Phys.org) —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 ...

Apr 16, 2013
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Betelgeuse braces for a collision

(Phys.org)—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 ...

Jan 22, 2013
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The solar wind is swirly

(Phys.org)—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 ...

Dec 19, 2012
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The 'flame' burns bright in new WISE image

(Phys.org) -- A new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows the candle-like Flame nebula lighting up a cavern of dust. The Flame nebula is part of the Orion complex, a turbulent ...

Jul 03, 2012
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Has the speediest pulsar been found?

(Phys.org) -- NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton in space, and the Parkes radio telescope in Australia -- may have found the fastest moving pulsar ever seen.

Jun 28, 2012
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The shocking environment of hot Jupiters

(PhysOrg.com) -- Jupiter-like worlds around other stars push shock waves ahead of them, according to a team of UK astronomers. Just as the Earth's magnetic "bow-shock" protects us from the high-energy solar ...

Apr 19, 2011
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