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Sentinels of the Heliosphere
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Sentinels of the Heliosphere

Far from empty, the space between Earth and the sun is full of light, charged particles, and magnetic fields. Here in the heliosphere, the sun exerts great influence on the planets and satellites.

Travel to this area and discover the great effects of solar forces and how they interact with our planet and the spacecraft monitoring their activity.

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Cosmicopia: The Heliosphere

Cosmicopia: The Heliosphere

Encompassing our solar system, solar wind, and the entire solar magnetic field, the heliosphere extends well beyond Pluto’s orbit. Discover why its many particles are of interest to scientists. More...

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NASA
Heliophysics Overview

Heliophysics Overview

The developing field of science known as heliophysics brings together many related disciplines, including space physics, astrophysics, and climate studies. See what else scientists study in the Earth-sun connection. More...

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UCAR
Report: Humanity Leaves the Solar System—Or Maybe Not

Report: Humanity Leaves the Solar System—Or Maybe Not

Some 35 years after its launch, the spacecraft Voyager 1 appears to have exited the heliosphere, escaping the powers of the sun. Investigate the debate over whether it has really reached this goal. More...

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TIME Magazine
Shields Up! Save the Satellites!

Shields Up! Save the Satellites!

Solar storms can blast out huge clouds of electrified gas and dust, temporarily disrupting Earth's magnetic field. See how the GOES-R satellites warn us of new danger — and test your skill at doing its job. More...

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NASA
Slow Bow Shock Ahead of the Sun’s Heliosphere Predicted

Slow Bow Shock Ahead of the Sun’s Heliosphere Predicted

A bow shock likely exists as a changing boundary between the heliosphere and the interstellar medium. Discover why astronomers challenged predictions that it would not be found. More...

Article
Science Daily
Solar System Details: Heliosphere

Solar System Details: Heliosphere

Looking toward outer space, you're peeking at the heliosphere, where the sun influences the solar system. Find out what’s inside this vast far-away area. More...

Article
Cosmos4Kids
Voyager, 11 Billion Miles Later

Voyager, 11 Billion Miles Later

The Voyager spacecraft set off for the edges of the solar system in 1977. Take a look at some photos they’ve taken on their journey, starting at the Kennedy Space Center and ending up...to be determined. More...

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TIME Magazine
Voyaging to the Edge

Voyaging to the Edge

The two Voyager spacecraft traveling for three decades provide a peek of the outer edge of our solar system. Take a look at an artistic rendition of winds, waves, cosmic rays, and more. More...

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Los Angeles Times

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