Accession Number : AD0842970

Title :   Comet Tails and Solar Corpuscular Rays.

Corporate Author : GENERAL DYNAMICS/ASTRONAUTICS SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Biermann, L.

Report Date : DEC 1960

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : Long comet tails consisting of ions (CO+ etc.) frequently show accelerations of the tail elements which exceed the gravitational acceleration of the sun (0.6 cm/sec. sq. in the vicinity of the earth) by factors on the order of 10 to several thousand. Such high accelerations cannot be due to the pressure of the sun's rays on the molecules. The concept that these accelerations are produced by the corpuscular radiation of the sun is explained.

Descriptors :   (*COMETS, ANOMALIES), (*SOLAR WIND, COMETS), CHARGED PARTICLES, MAGNETIC STORMS, CARBON MONOXIDE, SOLAR DISTURBANCES, MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY, WEST GERMANY.

Subject Categories : Astrophysics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE