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IBEX Ribbon Feature
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IBEX Ribbon Feature

January 10, 2013
Accurate timing of the incoming ENAs allows the IBEX team to obtain a higher resolution in the latitudinal direction. This shows some of the fine detail of the ribbon in the blow-up section. The ribbon appears to be produced by the alignment of magnetic fields outside our heliosphere. These observations suggest that the interstellar environment has far more influence on structuring the heliosphere than anyone previously believed. Credit: SwRI