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Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 243, Issue 1, pp 187–193 | Cite as

An essay on terminology, myths,- and known facts: Solar transient-flare-CME-driver gas-piston-BDE-magnetic cloud-shock wave-geomagnetic storm

  • Rainer Schwenn
Satellite Data From Ulysses, Yohkoh & Other Spacecrafts

Abstract

In the field of solar-terrestrial relations a clear and unique terminology is needed in order to abolish and avoid unnecessary confusion between the scientists from several involved disciplines. For example, the widely used abbreviationCME (for coronal mass ejection) has turned out to be somewhat misleading. Early on it had been known that other than coronal material is often involved in such events. The discoverers observed transient events of mass ejections from the sun, which could be observed in the corona owing to the newly available coronagraphs. This article is meant to clarify the terminology, with emphasis on giving credit to the original discoverers and the terms they introduced. With this aim in mind I suggest some minor modifications of the terminology.

Key words

solar-terrestrial coronal mass ejection coronagraphs 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rainer Schwenn
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  1. 1.Max Planck Institut fr AeronomieKatlenburg-LindauGermany

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