Solaris 1600
From en etching based on observations of the Sun by 
Athanasius Kirchner & Christopher Scheiner in 1635
with the newly-invented telescope.


Heliosphere 01

The Heliosphere



A new perspective on the solar system.

I choose the name "Solaris" (an ancient name for the Sun), to describe the solar system as a whole, Sun and planets combined, because I believe our home in the stars deserves a more inspiring name than “solar system”.




Solaris is indeed our home

The Sun is more than the solar body at the centre of the system. The outer limit of the “heliosphere” - the extent of the solar magnetic field (see left) - lies far beyond the orbits of the outer planets. Since the Earth is embedded in the heliosphere, it can thus truly be said that we live inside the Sun, that is, Solaris.


Van Gogh

Starry Night - Vincent van Gogh

Solar wind



The function of art is to make the invisible visible.

Van Gogh "saw" the spiralling forces that lie behind the phenomena of the night sky. He ignored what everyone else saw, and painted what he saw. He made the "invisible visible".



So too with Solaris. To fully appreciate the nature of the giant being of which we are an integral part, it is necessary to reveal the network of invisible force-fields that weld the system into a single organic entity.

As in the drawing on the left, showing the wave-fronts of the solar wind sweeping out towards the periphery, enmeshing the planets in a sea of high-energy particles and blowing their magnetic fields out away from the solar centre like hair in a high wind.

This "artistic" view of the swirling mechanisms of Solaris is further developed on the other pages of this site. The implications of this other way of seeing our world affect every area of life – social, political, and even psychological and spiritual. Should you follow the trail laid out here, the journey will not be wasted. It will provide you with information that may enrich how you see yourself and your place in the scheme of things.


    Earth magnet Sunspot

Above: A drawing of the magnetic shield that shelters the Earth from the particle storms radiating out from the Sun. These can only penetrate the shield and reach the planetary surface via the vortices at the poles. The meeting between the streams of particles and the upper atmosphere gives rise to dramatic displays of the aurora borealis.





Above: Photo of a sunspot on the surface of the Sun, taken in 2002 by the solar observatory operated by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Las Palma in the Canary islands.

Photo of bronze Chrysanthemum.