bow shock


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bow shock

 (bou)
n.
A shock wave produced when a moving object emits particles or waves into the medium through which it is moving.

bow′ shock`

(baʊ)
n.
the shock front along which the solar wind encounters a planet's magnetic field.
[1945–50]
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As one of these rocks shoots through the atmosphere, a bow shock forms around it, with piled-up air in front and a vacuum in the wake.
Another phenomenon that's visible in high-resolution is the wispy bow shock - named for the crescent-shaped wave made by a ship as it moves through water - created in space when two streams of gas collide.
Its authors said the fact that Juno encountered only one bow shock (a stationary shockwave, created at the point where the incoming solar wind is repelled by the planet's magnetic field) when entering Jupiter's magnetosphere, compared to the numerous encounters during later orbits, suggested the magnetosphere was growing in size at the time of first contact.
In it, a flow of extremely heated air is exiting the 21-inch diameter nozzle from the left, causing a bow shock to form in front of the ADEPT test article, which is attached to a water-cooled support arm.
The scatter-plots of the velocity perturbations in a vertical plane containing the velocity vector of the parent satellite and in the horizontal plane betray the pattern of a bow shock, which was likely produced in the medium of gases of combustion.
The Kappa Cassiopeiae bow shock shows up as a vividly red color.
As the magnetosphere plows through space, it sets up a standing bow wave or bow shock, much like that in front of a moving ship.
But the slower sun isn't moving fast enough to create a bow shock.
Combined, these features reduce bow shock and offer stability.
At the points of impact the bow shock generates Herbig-Haro (HH) objects as pairs on either side of the star.
When the inlet works the way it should, the bow shock from the spike is swallowed by the inlet and impinges on the inside of the inlet just aft of the lip.
Mounted directly to the limb bolts, Xtremes instantly absorb excess vibration and counteract bow shock.