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Interstellar Dust in our Solar System

Date: 01 August 2003
Depicts: Galactic dust concentrations in solar system (high concentration: red/yellow, low concentration: blue/green)
Copyright: ESA

The pictures above show cut-aways of where interstellar dust is concentrated in the Solar System - high concentration: red/yellow, low concentration: blue/green (the planets are not shown). During solar minimum (top picture) most interstellar dust can be found above or below the Sun, while at the solar maximum (bottom picture) the dust is concentrated close to the Sun in the plane of the planets' orbits.

 


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