A new view of the solar system: Astrophysical jets driven by the sun

19 febrero 2015

New research suggests that the sun’s magnetic field controls the large-scale shape of the heliosphere much more than expected. The new model shows that the magnetic field squeezes the solar wind along the sun’s north-south axis, producing two jets. These jets are then dragged downstream by the flow of the interstellar medium — the gases and dust that lie between star systems.