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magnetotail

Line breaks: mag¦neto|tail
Pronunciation: /maɡˈniːtəʊteɪl
 
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Definition of magnetotail in English:

noun

Astronomy
The broad elongated extension of the earth’s magnetosphere on the side away from the sun.
Example sentences
  • In June 2001 Cluster began to explore the magnetotail - the region where storms of high energy particles are generated.
  • The magnetotail is the part of the magnetosphere pushed in the direction of the solar wind - shaped like a giant windsock and stretching at least two million kilometres into space on the night side of the Earth.
  • The orbit has to have some inclination to it for the apoapsis to get into the magnetotail.

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