stellar wind


Definition of stellar wind

: plasma continuously ejected from a star's surface into surrounding space

Examples of stellar wind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other black holes eat stars by feeding off a dense outflow of stellar wind. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 7 May 2022 The stellar wind, at 670,000 miles per hour, is traveling 10 times faster than the outer nebula. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 3 May 2021 This stellar wind is responsible for stripping the stars to their cores, and in the process creates a halo of dust around the pair. Popular Science, 16 Oct. 2020 If the star was as active as our sun, its stellar wind would erode and sweep away the atmospheres of the planets. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 25 June 2020 Stars this massive typically lose their hydrogen to stellar winds long before beginning to pulsate in the run-up to their supernovae. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Apr. 2020 Another possibility is that stellar winds might be alternately boosting or blocking signals from a body behind them. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2020 By deflecting stellar wind, a magnetic field could also prevent the particles from scouring away a planet's life-nurturing atmosphere. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, 9 Oct. 2019 Such a planet would be buffeted by a stronger stellar wind—offering more electrons to be whipped up by the planet's magnetosphere into a signal that could be a million times stronger than Jupiter's. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, 9 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of stellar wind

1965, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2022

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“Stellar wind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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