A TEAM of astronomers led by Boston University have found that the heliosphere is shaped like a croissant.
For those who don’t know, the heliosphere is a vast area that stretches around the sun more than twice as far as Pluto.
Forbes reported that NASA has announced a new five-year, $12 million grant to help scientists continue their groundbreaking research into how the sun affects and shapes the solar system.
The money will be split between nine new university heliosphere research institutes across the United States.
Because there is so little knowledge about the heliosphere, it is considered cutting-edge research.
However, astronomers do know a few things, like the fact that a continuous storm of hot and charged particles from the Sun exists within the heliosphere.
The heliosphere is also known to create a magnetic force field that keeps charged particles from entering the solar system and destroys or mutates the DNA to produce us.
The Croissant hypothesis is informed by the SHIELD model constructed by 40 astronomers led by Merav Opher.
Opher is a senior scientist at SHIELD DRIVE Science Center and a professor of astronomy at Boston University.
“We’re beginning to understand the importance of the heliosphere to life on Earth and also to Earth’s climate,” Opher said, according to Forbes.
“But right now, as we understand it from the heliosphere, an energy source is missing – and we don’t know what it is. That means something in the heliosphere is producing energy.”
The new NASA-funded research will help the SHIELD team create a “digital twin” of the heliosphere.
In this way, the team can, among other things, support future exploration of the solar system and the search for extraterrestrial life in the Milky Way.
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