heliosphere

noun
he·​li·​o·​sphere | \ ˈhē-lē-ə-ˌsfir , -ō- \

Definition of heliosphere

: the region in space influenced by the sun or solar wind

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heliospheric \ ˌhē-​lē-​ə-​ˈsfir-​ik , -​ˈsfer-​ , -​lē-​ō-​ \ adjective

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Solar wind is in actuality plasma flowing from the sun, and the heliopause is the last segment of a bubble encompassing the entire solar system known as the heliosphere. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Voyager 2 Enters Interstellar Space," 10 Dec. 2018 The outermost layer of the heliosphere is known as the heliopause. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Voyager 2 Is Getting Close to Interstellar Space," 5 Oct. 2018 For the last 11 years, since 2007, Voyager 2 has been traveling towards the outermost layer of what is known as the heliosphere. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Voyager 2 Is Getting Close to Interstellar Space," 5 Oct. 2018 To Schwadron, the project has three key components: to study the global heliosphere, to discover the origins of particle acceleration, and to continue to take key measurements of space weather phenomena. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "NASA selects UNH researchers for mission to study safer space travel," 8 June 2018 To some scientists, those readings meant Voyager 1 had left the heliosphere. Sarah Fecht, Popular Mechanics, "NASA: Yes! Voyager 1 Has Reached Interstellar Space," 12 Sep. 2013 But though scientists had measured the speed of the solar wind that forms the heliosphere, the properties of the matter beyond it had never been analyzed. Kim Tingley, New York Times, "The Loyal EngineersSteering NASA’s VoyagerProbes Across the Universe," 3 Aug. 2017 Less solar wind would mean that the heliosphere–a bubble around the solar system maintained by particles emitted from the sun–shrinks significantly. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Changes in the Sun's Activity Could Threaten Earth's Electronics by 2050," 1 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of heliosphere

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heliosphere

helio- + -sphere

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