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The IBEX Ribbon:The first “warning light” of danger?

March 26, 2013 05:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The idea of a continuous stream of particles flowing outward from the Sun was first suggested by British astronomer Richard Carrington in 1859. A century later, physicist Eugene Parker said that comet tails always point away from the Sun simply because a “solar wind,” as he called it, pushes on them. Parker was widely ridiculed, and yet in the very next year the Soviet Luna I spacecraft detected such particles whizzing a million miles an hour. Nowadays the solar wind is routinely monitored by a fleet of spacecraft.
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