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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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Written in a clear style for a technical monograph, this book deals with magnetotails, the magnetic field streamers created by the solar wind interacting with planets, comets, and other bodies in the solar system.
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.