NASA’s spacecraft Voyager 1 and 2 have brought scientists new information about the shape of the solar system. It is not essentially round as previously thought, but rather dented on one side like an obese boomerang.
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Voyager 1 travelled “north” and Voyager 2 travelled “south.” They then reached the heliosheath, the “end of the solar system,” where solar winds are slowed to a trickle, at different distances from the sun, proving that the solar system is not circular.
Voyager 2 hit the southern edge of the solar system nearly 1 billion miles closer to the sun than Voyager 1 did to the north. Just to let you know the size of the solar system, Voyager 2 hit the edge at 7.8 billion miles from the sun. This completely contradicts scientists’ previous conceptions about the shape of the solar system. It is not symmetrical, but rather lopsided, like “a hand pushing,” according to Leonard Burlaga, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
The push results from the magnetic field that lies between star systems in the Milky Way. The magnetic field hits the solar system at a different angle on the south than on the north, probably as a result of interstellar turbulence from star explosions.
Both spacecraft still have several more years before they completely exit the solar system and continue deeper into the space between stars, so hopefully more information decoding the mysteries of the cosmos can be delivered.