Lecture20_SolarActivityNSolarWind

Suns magnetic field is embedded in this plasma 21

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Unformatted text preview: hotons and energe1c par1cles warn us that billions of tons of plasma might be on its way here. The Sun in Interplanetary Space: You may have noticed that many of these processes produce plasma streams that leave the Sun. •  In fact, much of the corona is escaping the Sun altogether! •  We call this flow of material the SOLAR WIND. •  This stream of material is diffuse, but energetic. It defines interplanetary space and plays a role in the near-space environment of every object we can observe in the solar system. 18 Evidence of Solar Wind: Comets 19 Evidence of Solar Wind: Comets 20 Solar Wind •  Solar wind is the coron...
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