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magnetopause




magnetosheath, magnetopause, and bow shock
The boundary between a planet's magnetosphere and the magnetic field of the solar wind. It forms at a distance where the solar wind dynamic pressure equals the magnetic pressure of the planet's field. In the case of Earth, this is typically 8 to 11 Earth radii upwind, depending on solar wind conditions.


Related entries

   • magnetosheath
   • magnetotail
   • heliopause


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   • ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA AND STRUCTURES