magnetosphere(redirected from Magnetic tail)
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A region surrounding a planet, star, or other body, in which the body's magnetic field traps charged particles and dominates their behavior.
mag·ne′to·spher′ic (-sfîr′ĭk, -sfĕr′-) adj.
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(Physical Geography) the region surrounding a planet, such as the earth, in which the behaviour of charged particles is controlled by the planet's magnetic field
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1. the outer region of the earth's ionosphere where the earth's magnetic field controls the motion of charged particles, as in the Van Allen belts.
2. such a region of another planet.
mag•ne`to•spher′ic (-ˈsfɛr ɪk) adj.
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The region near the planet possessing a magnetic field, which determines the motion of the charged particles in this region. Earth, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, and Mercury are the solar system planets known to have magnetospheres.
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|Noun||1.||magnetosphere - the magnetic field of a planet; the volume around the planet in which charged particles are subject more to the planet's magnetic field than to the solar magnetic field|
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