The moon

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 321–324 | Cite as

The interaction of the solar wind with lunar magnetic anomalies

  • L. L. Vanyan


A simplified model for the interaction of the cold solar wind with lunar magnetic anomalies is considered. Since on the illuminated side of the Moon the dynamic pressure of the solar wind significantly exceeds the magnetic pressure of the anomalies, upward propagation of the lunar field is possible only by means of diffusion. This process does not depend on the velocity but only on the concentration of the solar wind and the characteristic size of anomalies. Theoretical calculations are compared with the data of Apollo 12 and Explorer 35.


Solar Wind Magnetic Anomaly Dynamic Pressure Lunar Surface Magnetic Pressure 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht-Holland 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. L. Vanyan
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  1. 1.Soviet Geophysical CommitteeMoscowU.S.S.R.

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