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heliosphere

[hee-lee-uh-sfeer] /ˈhi li əˌsfɪər/
noun, Astronomy
1.
the region around the sun over which the effect of the solar wind extends.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75; helio- + -sphere
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Examples for heliosphere
  • The sun has a magnetic field, the heliosphere, which envelops our entire solar system.
  • The heliosphere is a bubble that surrounds our entire solar system and is inflated.
  • The system travels within a bubble of solar wind-made of charged particles from the sun-called the heliosphere.
  • Particles streaming from the sun create solar winds, which form a bubble around the solar system dubbed the heliosphere.
British Dictionary definitions for heliosphere

heliosphere

/ˈhiːlɪəʊˌsfɪə/
noun
1.
the region around the sun outside of which the sun's influence is negligible and interstellar space begins
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heliosphere
  (hē'lē-ə-sfîr')   
The large, roughly elliptical region of space around the Sun through which the solar wind extends and through which the Sun exerts a magnetic influence. The heliosphere extends well beyond the orbits of the planets, and its shape and extent fluctuate with changes to the solar wind and other influences. ◇ The boundary between the heliosphere and interstellar space is known as the heliopause.
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