Cometary Dusty Gas Dynamics

  1. J. H. Waite Jr.,
  2. J. L. Burch and
  3. R. L. Moore
  1. T. I. Gombosi and
  2. A. KöRöSmezey

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM054p0433

Solar System Plasma Physics

Solar System Plasma Physics

How to Cite

Gombosi, T. I. and KöRöSmezey, A. (1989) Cometary Dusty Gas Dynamics, in Solar System Plasma Physics (eds J. H. Waite, J. L. Burch and R. L. Moore), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM054p0433

Author Information

  1. Space Physics Research Laboratory, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1989

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900742

Online ISBN: 9781118664315



  • Space plasmas;
  • Sun;
  • Magnetosphere;
  • Astrophysics


A well-developed dusty cometary atmosphere extends to distances over 4 orders of magnitude larger than the size of the nucleus. Similarly, the solar wind-dominated heliosphere extends to about 104 solar radii. The first part of this review explores the similarities and differences between the solar and cometary winds. The paper also presents initial results of a new time-dependent, two-dimensional dusty comet wind calculation.