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 Evolution at that stage occurs with heavy mass loss in the form of stellar winds and super winds, says Sion. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Planet not in danger from star's forces The exoplanet is close enough to its sun to make a complete orbit in less than four days, leading to its atmosphere being degraded by the star's radiation at a rate of 200,000 tons per second and formed into a tail by its stellar wind. James Powel, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 Such objects are luminous regions surrounding newborn stars and are formed when stellar winds or jets of gas spewing from these protostars form shockwaves colliding with nearby gas and dust at high speeds. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 6 Dec. 2023 Discovered more than 230 years ago by William Herschel, astronomers believe the Crescent Nebula is formed by the combination of an energetic stellar wind from a Wolf-Rayet star at its core, colliding with slower-moving material ejected earlier in the star's lifetime. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2024 The planet’s proximity to its star enables the stellar wind to expel WASP-69b’s atmosphere. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Jan. 2024 Without a strong magnetic field, the stellar wind can’t extend as far, and the star essentially cuts the brakes on its rotation. Zack Savitsky, Scientific American, 3 Jan. 2024 Stars eject fast-moving streams of particles called stellar wind, and this force from WASP-69b’s star is kicking gas out of the planet’s atmosphere, forming a tail that stretches at least 350,000 miles behind it, researchers report in a study published January 9 in the Astrophysical Journal. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Jan. 2024 The atmospheric gas outflows are possibly shaped by stellar winds from Au Mic, which don’t allow all of the escaped gas to trail behind Au Mic b. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 15 Aug. 2023

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First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stellar wind was in 1965

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“Stellar wind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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