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Astronomers discover what’s powering Mercury’s magnetic tail

18 Apr 2018, 08:07 UTC
Astronomers discover what’s powering Mercury’s magnetic tail NASA/JHUAPL/Carnegie

A new theoretical model can now explain the unusual nature of Mercury’s magnetic tail. The results from the 2009 Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER) mission showed scientists that Mercury has a perplexingly strong magnetic tail, and now scientists have come up with a possible explanation.

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