The Solar Wind Interaction with Venus and Mars: Cometary Analogies and Contrasts

  1. Alan Johnstone
  1. J. G. Luhmann

Published Online: 26 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM061p0005

Cometary Plasma Processes

Cometary Plasma Processes

How to Cite

Luhmann, J. G. (1991) The Solar Wind Interaction with Venus and Mars: Cometary Analogies and Contrasts, in Cometary Plasma Processes (ed A. Johnstone), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM061p0005

Author Information

  1. Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1991

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900278

Online ISBN: 9781118663660

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Keywords:

  • Comets;
  • Space plasmas;
  • Astrophysics

Summary

The weakly magnetized terrestrial planets, Venus and Mars, share some common physical processes with comets because of the “direct” interaction between their atmospheres and the solar wind. However, the importance and outcome of these common processes is generally quite different because of the different system scales and atmospheric properties of these two classes of objects. This paper explores some details of their contrasts and similarities in view of the knowledge that we have obtained from the combination of in-situ data and modeling.