magnetic field

noun

Definition of magnetic field 

: the portion of space near a magnetic body or a current-carrying body in which the magnetic forces due to the body or current can be detected

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The spacecraft will not carry humans to the surface, but will conduct experiments to measure the moon's magnetic field. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine wants to boost collaboration with Israel," 13 July 2018 The Galileo data were unique because the magnetometer was trying to detect changes in Europa's magnetic field as the probe approached the moon, like a boat going through water and creating waves. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Old data reveal 'plumes' on ocean world that could host life," 14 May 2018 So the idea is that Mars must have lost its magnetic field at some point. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "How NASA's latest mission to Mars might dig up truths about Earth," 7 May 2018 But Mars's internal dynamo died, and its magnetic field dissipated. Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post, "‘Marsquakes’ are a thing, and this NASA spacecraft will go look for them," 3 May 2018 Our planet’s magnetic field generates a protective bubble, called the magnetosphere, that shields the surface from damaging cosmic radiation. National Geographic, "Chernobyl's Mutated Species May Help Protect Astronauts," 30 Apr. 2018 But according to a hypothesis dating back to the 1990s, some of these secondary showers can be bounced out and away from our star by strong fluctuations in its magnetic field. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "The Sun Is Spitting Out Strange Patterns of Gamma Rays—and No One Knows Why," 28 Mar. 2018 So far, Juno seems to be learning that everything about Jupiter, from its magnetic fields to its fierce winds, is even larger than realized. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Raging Cyclones and Jet Streams on Jupiter Perplex Scientists," 9 Mar. 2018 Increased chances of viewing the northern lights depend on clear weather, location and the earth’s magnetic field. Susan Selasky And Emma Tomsich, Detroit Free Press, "Strawberry moon, Saturn to light up sky tonight," 27 June 2018

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1845, in the meaning defined above

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magnetic field

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Kids Definition of magnetic field

: the portion of space near a magnetic object within which magnetic forces can be detected

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Medical Definition of magnetic field 

: the portion of space near a magnetic body or a current-carrying body in which the magnetic forces due to the body or current can be detected the magnetic field of the heart

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