A New Form of Space Weather: Earth Wind

Posted: February 12, 2021 by oldbrew in moon, solar system dynamics, wind

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A water creation surprise here.

Spaceweather.com

Feb. 12, 2021: The sun is windy. Every day, 24/7, a breeze of electrified gas blows away from the sun faster than a million mph. Solar wind sparks beautiful auroras around the poles of Earth, sculpts the tails of comets, and scours the surface of the Moon.

Would you believe, Earth is windy, too? Our own planet produces a breeze of electrified gas. It’s like the solar wind, only different, and it may have important implications for space weather on the Moon.

“Earth wind” comes from the axes of our planet. Every day, 24/7, fountains of gas shoot into space from the poles. The leakage is tiny compared to Earth’s total atmosphere, but it is enough to fill the magnetosphere with a riot of rapidly blowing charged particles. Ingredients include ionized hydrogen, helium, oxygen and nitrogen.

Once a month, the Moon gets hit by a blast of Earth wind. It…

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Comments
  1. It doesn't add up... says:

    When I saw them with Santana at the Hammersmith Odeon the drummer and kit rotated like a windmill so he was upside down.

  2. […] A New Form of Space Weather: Earth Wind […]

  3. JB says:

    As my finches frequently exuberate throughout the day; Eh, eh, eh ,eh, eh.(They have their own humor language which they practice every morning.)

    “This came as a surprise.” Really? Back to electromagnetic theory 101.

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