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Solar wind

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A coronal mass ejection (CME)

The solar wind is a flux of charged particles, mostly electrons and protons, released from the upper atmosphere of the Sun.[1] Its existence was inferred from observations of comet tails.[2] The aurora borealis and the aurora australis are products of the solar wind.[3]

The magnetosphere deflects the flow of most solar wind particles around the Earth.

See Also


  1. Karttunen, H.; Kröger, P.; Oja, H.; Poutanen M.; Donner, K. J, ed. (2003). Fundamental Astronomy (5th ed.). Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer. p. 147. ISBN 978-3-540-34143-7. 
  2. Morison, Ian (2008). Introduction to Astronomy and Cosmology. Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley and Sons. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-470-03334-0. 
  3. Carroll, Bradley W.; Ostlie, Dale A (2007). An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Pearson/Addison-Wesley. p. 373. ISBN 0-321-44284-9.