Interstellar Dust at the Magnetic Wall of the Heliosphere

Two sets of data show that small interstellar grains captured in interstellar magnetic fields, → B IS , draped over the heliosphere appear to polarize the light of nearby stars. The polarizing grains couple to → B IS , while larger grains couple to the cloud velocity. The maximum polarization direction, P max , is offset in eclip-tic longitude by ∆λ ∼ +35 o… CONTINUE READING