Heat Flux Observations and the Location of The Transition Region Boundary of Giacobini-Zinner
- Thomas J. Birmingham and
- Alexander J. Dessler
Published Online: 19 MAR 2013
Copyright 1988 by the American Geophysical Union.
How to Cite
Fuselier, S.A., Feldman, W.C., Bame, S.J., Smith, E.J. and Scarf, F.L. (1988) Heat Flux Observations and the Location of The Transition Region Boundary of Giacobini-Zinner, in Comet Encounters (eds T. J. Birmingham and A. J. Dessler), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C.. doi: 10.1029/SP027p0165
- Published Online: 19 MAR 2013
- Published Print: 1 JAN 1988
Print ISBN: 9780875902395
Online ISBN: 9781118668757
- Earth's magnetosheath;
- Electron plasma oscilla tion;
- Heat flux;
- Solar wind
Electron heat flux observations and associated plasma phenomena upstream from comet Giacobini-Zinner show many similarities to observations upstream from the Earth's magnetosheath. Two similarities are discussed. Heat flux events are used to compute the transition region boundary location. The computed subsolar standoff distance of 4×104 km is commensurate with a comet gas production rate, G, of 3×1028 molecules/s (mol/s), in accord with ground-based determinations of G.