Earth, Moon, and Planets

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The solar wind interaction with comet P/Grigg-Skjellerup

  • K. R. Flammer
  • D. A. Mendis
  • V. D. Shapiro
  • V. I. Shevchenko
Article

Abstract

The Giotto spacecraft is scheduled to intercept comet P/Grigg-Skjellerup on July 10, 1992. The observed outgassing rate of this comet is over an order of magnitude smaller than comet Giacobini-Zinner and over two orders of magnitude smaller than that of comet Halley. Consequently, the new data obtained during the upcoming encounter will strengthen our understanding of how the solar wind interaction with comets depends upon the neutral gas production rate. In this brief note, we make predictions of the location of the flow transition regions — i.e., the bow shock and the ionopause, and discuss the expected level of wave turbulence.

Keywords

Production Rate Solar Wind Transition Region Flow Transition Wave Turbulence 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. R. Flammer
    • 1
  • D. A. Mendis
    • 1
  • V. D. Shapiro
    • 1
    • 2
  • V. I. Shevchenko
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego, La JollaUSA
  2. 2.California Space InstituteUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego, La JollaUSA

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