energetic solar particles

energetic solar particles

[‚en·ər′jed·ik ¦sō·lər ′pärd·i·kəlz]
(astrophysics)
Electrons and atomic nuclei produced in association with solar flares, with energies mostly in the range 1-100 million electronvolts, but occasionally as high as 15 billion electronvolts. Also known as solar cosmic rays.
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This left the moon exposed to, and unprotected from, the raging stream of energetic solar particles.
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided scientists their first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars, produced unprecedented ultraviolet images of the tenuous oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon coronas surrounding the Red Planet, and yielded a comprehensive map of highly-variable ozone in the atmosphere underlying the coronas.
One topic of discussion is how to protect national electricity grids from the immense power surges caused by the geomagnetic storms which happen when highly energetic solar particles collide with the Earth's magnetic field.

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