Is the sun a giant comet? NASA scientists discover long tail trailing solar system

News releases relating to NASA’s Mission with its incredible IBEX Spacecraft always fills me with enthusiastic excitement… and what a revelation! I’m not a gifted astrophysicist but why do I have a feeling that our Solar System is protected to a greater degree…? Thank you to Alvin of the marvellous Extinction Protocol for posting this fantastic article 🙂

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July 11, 2013SPACENASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), a $169 million spacecraft has discovered what many scientists surmised; the sun has a comet-like tail. The less than 20 foot square craft, displayed the tail which couldn’t be seen before because it doesn’t shine, nor does it reflect light. Is the sun a comet? No, it is a star. Both stars and comets have tails, which can usually be seen through a telescope. Our sun was not that easy. “By examining the neutral atoms, IBEX made the first observations of the heliotail. Many models have suggested the heliotail might be like this or like that, but we’ve had no observations. Scientists will not yet give as estimate to the length of the tail, but say it is no more than 1,000 times the distance from the earth to the sun.  IBEX uses ‘energetic neutral atom imaging,’ and measures…

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