Magnetic field structure behind the Moon
Article first published online: 20 SEP 2012
Copyright 1968 by the American Geophysical Union.
Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume 73, Issue 5, pages 1533–1542, 1 March 1968
How to Cite
1968), Magnetic field structure behind the Moon, J. Geophys. Res., 73(5), 1533–1542, doi:10.1029/JA073i005p01533.(
- Issue published online: 20 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 20 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Received: 22 NOV 1967
Details concerning the magnetic field structure expected on the basis of the author's model of solar wind interaction with the moon are discussed. A derivation is presented that supports the finding of Colburn et al. that the magnetic field in the plasma void region downstream of the moon (relative to the solar wind flow) is more intense than the ambient interplanetary magnetic field. In the expansion region surrounding the void, the field is less than ambient. These effects should be smallest when the magnetic field is perpendicular to the flow vector. A standing shock wave trailing several lunar radii behind the moon is expected regardless of the magnetic field orientation.