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Streaming of interstellar grains in the Solar System


Deep-space probes offer excellent opportunities to study interstellar grains streaming into the Solar System. Direct detection of such particles would considerably add to our knowledge in many areas of cosmic dust research and could also provide information on the characteristics of both the interstellar medium and the interacting solar wind. Here we present the results of a theoretical study of the interaction between interstellar grains and the solar wind, including the effects of solar cycle variations in the interplanetary magnetic field. The latter is shown to influence significantly regions of concentration and depletion of interstellar grains within the Solar System.

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Gustafson, B., Misconi, N. Streaming of interstellar grains in the Solar System. Nature 282, 276–278 (1979).

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