Volume 633, January 2020
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Letters to the Editor|
|Published online||23 January 2020|
Letter to the Editor
Magnitude and direction of the local interstellar magnetic field inferred from Voyager 1 and 2 interstellar data and global heliospheric model
Space Research Institute (IKI) of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
2 Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
3 Institute for Problems in Mechanics Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Accepted: 28 December 2019
In this Letter, we provide constraints on the direction and magnitude of the pristine (i.e., unperturbed by the interaction with the Sun) local interstellar magnetic field. The constraints are based on analysis of the interstellar magnetic field components at the heliopause measured by magnetometer instruments on board Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft. The analysis was performed with the help of our kinetic-magnetohydrodynamical model of the global heliosphere. The model shows that the solar-induced disturbances of the interstellar magnetic field are extended relatively far from the Sun up to 400−500 AU. The field is draped around the heliopause and compressed. By comparison of the model results with Voyager data we found that the model provides results comparable with the data for the interstellar magnetic field of BLISM = 3.7−3.8 μG in magnitude and directed towards ≈125° in longitude, and ≈37° in latitude in the heliographic inertial coordinate system.
Key words: Sun: heliosphere / solar wind / ISM: magnetic fields
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