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Solar Winds: Pretty … and a Blast

From a few hundred miles up … the solar wind that sweep past Earth is pretty …

There’s also a short video at NASA’s FLIKR page

But a few million miles away, it’s a blast and much scarier …

Courtesy of 2.bp.blogspot.com

In case you think it’s a gentle breeze, “The solar wind streams off of the Sun in all directions at speeds of about 400 km/s (about 1 million miles per hour.”

That’s the average speed, sometimes it gets to 700 km/s …

Aye Carumba.

You sure you want to go up in space?



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15 December 2011 Science 4 Comments


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