Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com NASA has captured a phenomenon in space that has eluded humanity for centuries — an "interplanetary shock."
"MMS was able to measure the shock thanks to its unprecedentedly fast and high-resolution instruments.
Data from the Fast Plasma Investigation aboard MMS shows the shock and reflected ions as they washed over MMS.
(Credit: Ian Cohen) CAUSE OF MYSTERIOUS METHANE SPIKES ON MARS STILL UNKNOWN NASA continued: "Looking at the data from Jan. 8, the scientists noticed a clump of ions from the solar wind.
Shortly after, they saw a second clump of ions, created by ions already in the area that had bounced off the shock as it passed by.
An interplanetary shock, which emanates from the Sun, is a type of "collisionless shock," where particles transfer energy through electromagnetic fields as opposed to bouncing into one another, NASA added.
MMS studies collisionless shocks around Earth to gain a greater understanding of shocks across the universe," the space agency continued.