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Computer Model: Interaction of the Solar Wind and Magnetosphere

Target Name:  Sun
Produced by:  NASA/University of Maryland Advanced Visualization Laboratory
Copyright: Public Domain
Date Released: December 1999

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A computer model driven by science data shows Earth's bow shock -- the leading, colored edge to the left -- stretching out toward the Sun as solar wind density drops. The magnetosphere (gray shading) changes from a windsock shape to a dipole.

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