Astrophysics (index)

Solar Wind

(charged particles emanating from the Sun)

The Solar Wind consists of charged particles going out from the Sun. The particles are electrons and protons with a high Kinetic Energy from the high Temperature of the Sun's Corona. The solar wind eventually hits the Interstellar Medium (ISM), carving out a bubble around the solar system called the Heliosphere.

Stars can discharge similar Stellar Winds, of charged or neutral particles. Rates vary up to 2000 km/s. Examples:

  • Solar wind: 145 km/s, 10-14 solar masses/year.
  • Massive O-Type Star (O) or B-Type Star (B), up to 2000 km/s, 10-6 Solar masses/year.
  • Post-main-sequence: 10 km/s, 10-3 solar masses/year.

(Sun,solar system,particles)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_wind

Referenced by:
Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE)
Aurora
Beta (β)
Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)
Ejection
Geomagnetic Storm
Heliopause
Heliosheath
Heliosphere
Interplanetary Medium (IPM)
New Horizons
Ram Pressure
Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)
Stellar Wind
Suprathermal

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