bow shock
noun Date: 1950 the shock wave formed by the collision of a stellar wind with another medium (as the magnetosphere of a planet)

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  • bow|shock — bow shock, or bow|shock «BOW SHOK», noun. the shock wave caused by the impact of a planet s magnetic field on solar wind: »About 20 minutes before the spacecraft reached its closest distance to Mercury (about 466 miles), there were very clear… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bow shock — bow′ shock [[t]baʊ[/t]] n. astron. the shock front along which the solar wind encounters a planet s magnetic field • Etymology: 1945–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • Bow shock — A bow shock is a boundary between a magnetosphere and an ambient medium. For stars, this is typically the boundary between their stellar wind and the interstellar medium.In a planetary magnetosphere, the bow shock is the boundary at which the… …   Wikipedia

  • Bow Shock — Heliosphäre unter Einfluss des interstellaren Gases. Eingezeichnet sind Voyager 1 und Voyager 2. Die Heliosphäre ist eine Blase um unser Sonnensystem herum, welche auf Grund der Verdrängung der interstellaren Materie durch den Sonnenwind besteht …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • bow shock — ˈbau̇ noun Etymology: so called from a similarity to the wave pattern produced at the bow of a ship : the shock wave formed by the collision of the supersonic charged particles of a stellar wind with another medium (as the magnetosphere of a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bow shock — /bow/, Astron. the shock front along which the solar wind encounters a planet s magnetic field. [1945 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • bow shock — noun /ˈbaʊʃɑk/ the region of the magnetosphere in which the solar wind slows from supersonic to subsonic …   Wiktionary

  • Bow shock (aerodynamics) — For other uses, see Bow shock. A blunt body fired from a gun against a supersonic flow in a wind tunnel, producing a bow shock. A bow shock, also called a detached shock, is a curved, stationary shock wave that is found in supersonic flow past a… …   Wikipedia

  • bow shock wave/bow wave — A shock wave that forms when the aircraft is flying at a speed faster than the speed of sound. A bow wave is a shock wave in front of a body, such as an airfoil, or is apparently attached to the forward tip of the body …   Aviation dictionary

  • Shock wave — Bombshock redirects here. For the Transformers character, see Micromasters#Bombshock. For other uses, see shockwave. Schlieren photograph of an attached shock on a sharp nosed supersonic body. A shock wave (also called shock front or simply shock …   Wikipedia

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