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Messenger probe performs final Mercury flyby

By T.K. Randall
July 16, 2010 · Comment icon 1 comment

Image Credit: NASA
NASA's Messenger probe has revealed intense electromagnetic storms in the planet's magnetic "tail".
Such tails form when the solar windócharged particles streaming from the sunópushes on a planet's magnetic field. The deformed field flows around the planet in a windsock shape, like river water flowing around a rock.

Source: National Geographic | Comments (1)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin 13 years ago
Interesting, I quess i did not know that Mars and Venus have no magnetic fields.

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