Every second, one thousand tonnes of matter flows out from the Sun into Space.
This outflow is known as the solar wind and rushes past the Earth and the other
planets at hundreds of kilometres per second. The solar wind comprises
plasma and a magnetic field from the Sun. Typically,
this interplanetary magnetic field is wound up into a spiral by the rotation
of the Sun. Occasionally, it gets even more distorted as eruptions on the Sun
spew out high speed plasma streams and bubbles.
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