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High-speed plasma jets: origin uncovered

23/04/2010

High-speed plasma jets: origin uncovered

  • Categoría Astronomía
  • For more than a decade, mysterious, high-speed plasma jets have been observed in space, downstream of the Earth's bow shock. The underlying formation mechanism for these jets has now been unveiled, thanks to data collected by the four ESA Cluster satellites. This study also suggests that such mechanisms may be relevant to other astrophysical shocks.

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