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New Horizons Confirms Solar Wind Slows Farther from the Sun

2 Dec 2019, 18:00 UTC
New Horizons Confirms Solar Wind Slows Farther from the Sun Southwest Research Institute; background artist rendering by NASA and Adler Planetarium

Measurements taken by the Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) instrument aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are providing important new insights from some of the farthest reaches of space ever explored. In a paper published recently in The Astrophysical Journal, New Horizons scientists show how the solar wind — the supersonic stream of charged particles blown out by the Sun — evolves at increasing distances from the Sun.

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