a temporary disturbance of the earth's magnetic field, induced by radiation and streams of charged particles from the sun.
- Also called geomagnetic storm, solar storm .
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How to use magnetic storm in a sentence
In most cases when such a "magnetic storm" occurs, there is an unusually large or active spot on the Sun.The Science of the Stars | E. Walter Maunder
Thus in February 1892, when a very large spot was on the Sun, a violent magnetic storm broke out.The Science of the Stars | E. Walter Maunder
There was a magnetic storm in the photosphere of a sun which was not supposed to have such things.Talents, Incorporated | William Fitzgerald Jenkins
At first a favorite theory was, that communication had been interrupted by a magnetic storm.The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph | Henry M. (Henry Martyn) Field
This magnetic storm affected every telegraphic station in the kingdom.The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph | Henry M. (Henry Martyn) Field
British Dictionary definitions for magnetic storm
a sudden severe disturbance of the earth's magnetic field, caused by emission of charged particles from the sun
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Scientific definitions for magnetic storm
A disturbance or fluctuation in the Earth's outer magnetosphere, usually caused by streams of charged particles (plasma) given off by solar flares. The entry of large amounts of plasma into the upper atmosphere results in intense auroral displays and other magnetic phenomena in the polar regions of the Earth. See also aurora.
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Cultural definitions for magnetic storm
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