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erisi236
2004-Sep-22, 08:45 PM
The question of solar wind came up today between me and other fellows, and I could only come up with a sutable explantion as I don't really know the entire physics behind the concept, can I get some help? :)

Kesh
2004-Sep-22, 08:59 PM
In the most basic explanation, the "solar wind" is just matter being thrown off by the sun as part of its natural cycle. It's mostly charged particles.

I like Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_wind) for looking up basic information, though I'd never cite it for a paper or anything. It's a good place to start your research though.

You're not trying to get us to do your homework, are you? :wink:

erisi236
2004-Sep-22, 09:14 PM
You're not trying to get us to do your homework, are you? :wink:

Haha, naa, my homework days are 10 years behind me :)
I just hang out with weirdos like myself who talk about stuff like solar wind on occasion :D

beskeptical
2004-Sep-23, 06:04 AM
This is the site you need for a full explanation: A Primer on Space Weather (http://www.sec.noaa.gov/primer/primer.html) It is from NOAA's Space Environment Center.

And this one has the ace satellite solar wind (http://www.sec.noaa.gov/ace/ACErtsw_home.html)monitoring data.

And this one has current space weather (http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/spaceweather/) with graphs and hot links.

iantresman
2004-Sep-23, 01:59 PM
The question of solar wind came up today between me and other fellows, and I could only come up with a sutable explantion as I don't really know the entire physics behind the concept, can I get some help? :)
Don't forget to ask how (a) the solar wind exceeds the Sun's escape velocity (b) how the solar wind can switch off, as it did for two days on 10 May 1999 [Ref (http://www.handpen.com/Bio/comes.htm)] (c) whether the explanations are compatible with each other.

...and I believe that charged particles accelerate from the Sun (ie get faster, the further away they are).

Regards,
Ian Tresman

Kesh
2004-Sep-24, 03:40 AM
You're not trying to get us to do your homework, are you? :wink:

Haha, naa, my homework days are 10 years behind me :)
I just hang out with weirdos like myself who talk about stuff like solar wind on occasion :D

Heh, I didn't think so. It's just a bit of a running gag for me.