“The solar wind, explained”, by Louise Lerner, UChicago News

March 11, 2021

Eugene N. Parker, S. Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus

The solar wind is a flow of particles that comes off the sun at about one million miles per hour and travels throughout the entire solar system. First proposed in the 1950s by University of Chicago physicist Eugene Parker, the solar wind is visible in the halo around the sun during an eclipse and sometimes when the particles hit the Earth’s atmosphere—as the aurora borealis, or northern lights.

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