solar wind


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

solar wind

 (wĭnd)
n.
A stream of high-speed, ionized particles ejected primarily from the sun's corona.

solar wind

(wɪnd)
n
(Astronomy) the constant stream of charged particles, esp protons and electrons, emitted by the sun at high velocities, its density and speed varying during periods of solar activity. It interacts with the earth's magnetic field, some of the particles being trapped by the magnetic lines of force, and causes auroral displays. See also Van Allen belt, magnetosphere

so′lar wind′


n.
the radial outflow of charged particles, mainly electrons and protons, from the sun.
[1955–60]

solar wind

A stream of high-speed, charged atomic particles flowing outward from the sun's corona.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.solar wind - a stream of protons moving radially from the sunsolar wind - a stream of protons moving radially from the sun
interplanetary gas - a rarefied flow of gas and charged particles (plasma) that stream from the sun and form the solar wind
interplanetary medium - interplanetary space including forms of energy and gas and dust
solar radiation - radiation from the sun
Translations
Sonnenwind
References in periodicals archive ?
TEHRAN (FNA)- Mars has an invisible magnetic 'tail' that is twisted by interaction with the solar wind, according to new research using data from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft.
The Martian magnetotail is twisted, likely a cause of its interaction with the solar wind, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) spacecraft has found.
NASA'S MAVEN SPACECRAFT has confirmed that the solar wind stripped the Red Planet of its dense, early atmosphere, more than likely through a process called sputtering.
The Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons Investigation, led by astrophysicist Justin Kasper of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, aims to analyse the most abundant particles in solar wind and measure their velocity and temperature.
While the force of the solar wind may be casual in galactic terms, it is powerful enough to affect the steadily depleting film of atmosphere that Pluto is left with.
ISLAMABAD -- A team of US researchers has discovered new evidence about how the Earth's magnetic field interacts with solar wind -- a finding that can improve forecasts about space weather.
Setting up of solar wind hybrid project at Rangreek village in Kaza subdivision, Lahaul Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.
A giant bubble, known as the heliosphere, exists around the sun and is filled with what's called solar wind, the sun's constant outflow of ionized gas, known as plasma.
So a large interdisciplinary group of researchers led by NASA has set out to create a wide-field-of-view soft X-ray imager that can detect the emissions produced whenever the solar wind encounters neutral gas.
Might it not be true, though, that this comet and others have periodically had lighter molecules swept away by the solar wind as they have neared the sun and formed tails?
At Earth, hot flow anomalies do not make it inside the magnetosphere, but they release so much energy just outside that the solar wind is deflected, and can be forced to move back toward the sun.