Little or no solar wind enters Venus’ atmosphere at solar minimum

  title={Little or no solar wind enters Venus’ atmosphere at solar minimum},
  author={Tinglong Zhang and M. Delva and W. Baumjohann and Hans-Ulrich Auster and C. Carr and C. Russell and S. Barabash and M. A. Balikhin and K. Kudela and G. Berghofer and H. Biernat and H. Lammer and H. Lichtenegger and W. Magnes and R. Nakamura and K. Schwingenschuh and M. Volwerk and Z. V{\"o}r{\"o}s and W. Zambelli and K.-H. Fornacon and K. Glassmeier and I. Richter and A. Balogh and H. J. Schwarzl and S. Pope and J. Shi and C. Wang and U. Motschmann and J. Lebreton},
  • Tinglong Zhang, M. Delva, +26 authors J. Lebreton
  • Published 2007
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Venus has no significant internal magnetic field, which allows the solar wind to interact directly with its atmosphere2,3. A field is induced in this interaction, which partially shields the atmosphere, but we have no knowledge of how effective that shield is at solar minimum. (Our current knowledge of the solar wind interaction with Venus is derived from measurements at solar maximum.) The bow shock is close to the planet, meaning that it is possible that some solar wind could be absorbed by… CONTINUE READING

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