Sun  Planets and Moons  ID: 4707

Solar Wind Infographic

The Sun releases a constant stream of particles and magnetic fields called the solar wind. This solar wind slams worlds across the solar system with particles and radiation -- which can stream all the way to planetary surfaces unless thwarted by an atmosphere, magnetic field, or both. Here's how these solar particles interact with a few select planets and other celestial bodies.

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Visualization Credits

Mary P. Hrybyk-Keith (TRAX International Corporation): Lead Graphic Designer
Sarah Frazier (ADNET): Writer
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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Mary Pat Hrybyk-Keith