Space mission observes an interplanetary shock
Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center shows a computer animation of solar wind, a continuous steam of particles released by the Sun.
When a fast stream of solar wind overtakes a slower stream, it creates a shock wave.
The Magnetospheric Multiscale mission (MMS) recently made the first precise measurements of an interplanetary shock using high-resolution instruments
Video Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center