solar wind

noun

Definition of solar wind

: plasma continuously ejected from the sun's surface into and through interplanetary space

Examples of solar wind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The spacecraft's four in-situ instruments -- those physically exposed to the outside environment -- will already be fully operational and will measure the properties of solar wind along its path. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Solar Orbiter makes its first close pass of the sun," 15 June 2020 These belts protect the Earth’s atmosphere from the Sun’s solar wind. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Things We’ve Learned About the Earth Since the First Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 The spacecraft is designed to study space weather, solar winds and radiation and, for the first time, the sun's poles. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "How to Watch Solar Orbiter Launch to the Sun Tonight," 9 Feb. 2020 These rocks also contain gases that have been captured by solar wind that are different than the ones found on Earth. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "One of the Largest Moon Rocks on Earth Is Being Sold for Over $2 Million," 1 May 2020 In addition to Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe, nine other missions are currently keeping an eye on the sun and the solar wind. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "We’ve Never Seen the Sun’s Top or Bottom. Solar Orbiter Will Change That.," 10 Feb. 2020 Slated for launch in early February, the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter will tag team with NASA’s Parker Solar Probe to study the enigmatic solar winds and magnetic field of our nearest star. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "This new solar orbiter will peek at some of the sun’s most secretive spots," 28 Jan. 2020 Plasmoids are charged globs of atmosphere blown out into space when the solar wind whips around planets. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Uranus blasted a gas bubble 22,000 times bigger than Earth," 30 Mar. 2020 But roughly four billion years ago, its outer core stopped swirling, its global magnetic field collapsed and the solar wind stripped away much of its atmosphere, transforming it into an arid realm. Robin George Andrews, New York Times, "Uranus Ejected a Giant Plasma Bubble During Voyager 2’s Visit," 27 Mar. 2020

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Solar wind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solar%20wind. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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