One important clue: The ribbon runs perpendicular to the direction of the galactic magnetic field just outside the heliosphere, as shown in the illustration at right.Certainly, explanations that belie a coincidence will come forth soon. But if it's not a coincidence it sure seems a rather miraculous random occurrence.
"That cannot be a coincidence," says McComas. But what does it mean? No one knows.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Some believe in God. Others believe everything just happened by accident. Scientists have been laboring for years to prove one belief or the other. A recent discovery--the mapping of the theoretical 'heliosphere'--an envelope of magnetism surrounding and protecting the solar system--sparked the following reaction from a researcher: