Venus and the solar wind

Venus and the solar wind

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Caption: Venus and the solar wind. The solar wind is a stream of plasma, or ionised gas, that flows from the Sun outwards across the whole solar system. Unlike Earth, Venus does not have a magnetic field that can shield its atmosphere from the solar wind. Particles in Venus' upper atmosphere are also ionised and so can interact with the solar wind and escape from the pull of the planet's gravity. Image taken by the Venus Express spacecraft, which was launched in November 2005 to study Venus' atmosphere.

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Keywords: astronomical, astronomy, atmosphere, atmospheric phenomenon, charged particles, ionised gas, losing, planet, planetary science, plasma, solar system, solar wind, space, stripping, venus, venus express spacecraft

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