from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stream of high-speed, ionized particles ejected primarily from the sun's corona.
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- n. The outflow of charged particles from the solar corona into space. Because of the high temperature of the particles of the corona, they are moving at speeds higher than the solar escape velocity.
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- n. a stream of protons moving radially from the sun
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If it had been misaimed, or if unexpected gravitational or solar wind forces deflected it even slightly off its proper course, those hundred-gram weights could conceivably slam full into the planet Lorelei itself at a significant fraction of the speed of light.
A leisurely maneuver — at current solar wind fluxes it would take another hour or more for the charge on the Scapa Flow's hull to be neutralized, and the captain over there knew it.
Shorting the middle and outer hulls together would leave the outer hull positively charged until it collected enough solar wind electrons to neutralize the imbalance ... leaving the Mitsuushi inoperable until the process was complete.