Interstellar Neutral Atoms

  • Released Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Animation of the interstellar interaction with our Sun-one of billions of stars that orbits around the galaxy. As we zoom in through the galaxy we can see our heliosphere; then if we travel along with the interstellar material, we can see how only a very rare few are directed along precisely the right path to make the 30 year, 15 billion mile journey and enter IBEX's low energy sensor and be detected.

For press release media associated with this animation, go: here.


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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab

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This page was originally published on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:53 PM EDT.


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This visualization originally appeared on the following tapes:
  • IBEX ISM Press Conference (ID: 2012009)
    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 5:00AM
    Produced by - Robert Crippen (NASA)