View Full Version : solar wind/jovian wind

2009-Jan-15, 05:44 PM
does jupiter have a jovian wind equivalent to the solar wind of the sun?

2009-Jan-15, 05:49 PM
granpa, I'm going to move this to Q&A - I think you'll get more answers.

2009-Jan-15, 05:52 PM
thank you

2009-Jan-16, 09:04 AM
There is no Jovian wind like the solar wind.
There is a significant difference between the Sun and Jupiter, the Sun has a much much greater energy source, which can drive all kind of things.
Jupiter, however, is more like the Earth, it has a humongous magnetosphere, which is basically a dipole field with a tail, very unlike the solar magnetic field. This magnetosphere tends to hold things together.
Now, there is escape of plasma from the Jovian magnetosphere, along the tail, due to reconnection of the magnetic field and subsequent outflow of plasmoids, for example. Also (although I am not sure here) there could be loss through the polar caps of Jupiter, where the field lines are open and directly connecte to the solar wind.
Well, that is something in an nutshell, hope this helps, if not, ask on, and I will see what I can do.