magnetotail


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magnetotail

(mag-nee -toh-tayl) See magnetosphere.

magnetotail

[mag′ned·ō‚tāl]
(geophysics)
The portion of the magnetosphere extending from earth in the direction away from the sun for a variable distance of the order of 1000 earth radii.
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For this test the absolute value of the deviation from ecliptic is taken, because it does not seem to make any difference whether the moon passes in the lobes above or below the magnetotail when its position is far from an expected eclipse in full moon days.
The results for Hypothesis G indicating that retroPK performance might be higher when the moon is moving deeply through the plasma sheet of the magnetotail than when moving through the outer rings of the plasma sheet were significant in the regression analysis of the full moon interval and in the difference of full moon data versus non-full moon data.
show that the magnetotail plasma environment strongly influences lunar electromagnetic induction.
Observations made using the Cassini orbiter have shown mass loss through magnetic reconnection in the magnetotail, but current estimates suggest that this mechanism is inadequate to remove all of the plasma emerging from the inner magnetosphere.
There's a tremendous amount of interest in exactly how the magnetotail moves and accelerates plasmas," says Louis A.
Galileo's magnetometer data show that the magnetotail can respond quickly and dramatically to local shifts in the solar wind's magnetic field, which sometimes put a corkscrew twist in the tail.
Controversial results emerged from an analysis of the motions of electrons and positively charged ions in magnetotail plasmas.
We expected to go into the magnetotail and then build upon what ISEE-3 measured, but we found something completely different," Frank says.
The image shows the plasma sheet and magnetotail in profile.
Similarly, the solar wind at times increases the pressure around the magnetosphere, resulting in a portion of the plasma sheet being pinched away from the rest of the plasma sheet and forced down the magnetotail," said McComas.