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IBEX heliosphere maps

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IBEX heliosphere maps Image Courtesy of IBEX Science Team/Goddard Space Flight Center The IBEX science team compares the first and second maps to reveal whether there are time variations in the ribbon or the more distributed emissions around the ribbon. This animation fades between the first and second IBEX maps. We see that the first and second maps are relatively similar; however, there are significant time variations as well. These time variations are forcing scientists to try to understand how the heliosphere can be changing so rapidly.