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The long, trailing limb of the earth's magnetosphere on the side facing away from the sun.

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An introduction presents magnetotails as a fundamental problem in magnetospheric physics, and while equations appear throughout as needed, the book's primary focus is on descriptive work and conceptual issues.
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft revealed complex dynamics in the Martian magnetotail (DiBraccio et al.
Induced currents flow through this newly ionized gas, creating a solar-wind-induced magnetosphere, complete with a magnetotail.