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The Heliosphere and the Dust: Characterization of the Solar and Interstellar Neighbourhood

Project description

Keys to galactic evolution may be found where the (galactic) winds of change meet

Surrounding our solar system and extending far beyond it into interstellar space is a large bubble called the heliosphere. Created by the solar wind, it travels rapidly outward from the Sun. Its speed drops abruptly when it begins to feel the effects of interstellar wind. The heliosphere excludes the local interstellar medium (LISM) from the area around our solar system. Many questions remain about this intriguing part of our universe, the boundary between our heliosphere and the LISM. ASTRODUST is investigating the role of interstellar dust in the interactions between the heliosphere and the LISM. Combining experimental observations and simulations of dust trajectories, scientists hope to shed new light on the evolution of our local galactic neighbourhood.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/physical cosmology/galaxy formation and evolution
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-STG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-STG - Starting Grant

Host institution

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 484 038

Beneficiaries (1)

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 1 484 038
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments