solar wind


Definition of solar wind

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

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Or perhaps the flashes are electrically charged particles of the solar wind that react with moon dust. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "What are those mysterious flashes on the moon? One astronomer wants to find out," 3 June 2019 This means the moon holds more water than could have been delivered to it over its lifetime by solar wind or comets, which speaks to a problem planetary scientists have been trying to solve for decades. Shannon Stirone, National Geographic, "The moon releases surprising amounts of water during meteor showers," 15 Apr. 2019 Later on, the analyzers examined the solar wind for short periods. Elizabeth Howell,, "Here Comes the Sun! Parker Solar Probe Instruments See 'First Light'," 25 Sep. 2018 Its mission: To investigate solar wind and study extreme particle physics. Robin Seemangal, Popular Mechanics, "A Workhorse Rocket Maker Tries to Touch the Sun—And Stay Relevant," 16 Aug. 2018 These craft have been tracking the ongoing loss of gasses from Mars' atmosphere to space as the solar wind and other radiation slam into the planet. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Sorry, Elon: Nuking Mars’ icecaps won’t geoengineer planet," 31 July 2018 The sun's solar wind—plasma—maintains this bubble against the pressures of helium and hydrogen gasses from the Milky Way. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Voyager 2 Is Getting Close to Interstellar Space," 5 Oct. 2018 Scientists are exploring, for instance, where exactly its pretty glow comes from: auroras are usually caused by a planet’s magnetic field interacting with solar particles from solar winds. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "This Massive "Rogue" Planet is Our Solar Neighbor," 11 Aug. 2018 The probe's instruments showed the band of the Milky Way and picked up evidence of the solar wind, the constant stream of particles emanating from the sun. Elizabeth Howell,, "Here Comes the Sun! Parker Solar Probe Instruments See 'First Light'," 25 Sep. 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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