stellar wind

noun

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 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, "This pair of dancing stars will one day collide and explode," 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, "Astronomers find super-Earths orbiting a star 11 light-years away," 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, "Astronomers Spy Brightest Supernova Ever Seen," 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, "Radio signal from outer space repeats every 16 days," 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, "This telescope could ‘see’ inside alien worlds for the first time," 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, "This telescope could ‘see’ inside alien worlds for the first time," 9 Oct. 2019 There are patterns and even borders created in this region, largely due to the stellar wind coming off of the stars. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Starry space bubbles captured by Spitzer telescope," 1 Oct. 2019 But red dwarfs are harsh hosts, emitting frequent flares containing x-rays and ultraviolet radiation that could sterilize a planet, as well as energetic stellar winds that can strip it of its protective atmosphere. Adam Mann, Scientific American, "Scientists Mull the Astrobiological Implications of an Airless Alien Planet," 19 Aug. 2019

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Stellar wind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stellar%20wind. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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