solar wind


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 solar wind, while continuous, can become violent when the sun throws out gigantic eruptions of particles known as coronal mass ejections. New York Times, 17 Mar. 2022 The imager was designed to detect faint features in the solar wind that streams out from the sun. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 10 Feb. 2022 At the edges of the heliosphere is where the solar wind meets the interstellar wind. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 7 May 2022 There are already some beliefs that solar wind helped play a part in creating life on Earth. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 28 Apr. 2022 The spacecraft's instruments record data from the solar wind and magnetic fields and try to trace them to their origins through the complex, magnetic environment and back to the sun. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 18 May 2022 The longer the soil was exposed to punishing cosmic radiation and solar wind on the moon, the worse the plants seemed to do. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 13 May 2022 The longer the soil was exposed to punishing cosmic radiation and solar wind on the moon, the worse the plants seemed to do. Marcia Dunn, Orlando Sentinel, 12 May 2022 He was vindicated in 1962 when a NASA spacecraft mission to Venus confirmed his theory and solar wind's effect on the solar system, including occasional disruptions of communications systems on Earth. Kathleen Foody, Chron, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of solar wind

1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Solar wind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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