Wednesday, May 9, 2012

"The magnetosphere is shaped somewhat like a comet due to pressure of the solar wind. It is compressed on the side toward the sun and extends tail-like on the side away from the sun. The magnetosphere deflects the flow of most solar wind particles around the Earth and protects us from severe solar storms. Artist rendition of solar wind. (K. Endo / National Geophysical Data Center)." (Read more here.)

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