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The Large Scale Solar Wind

How does the solar wind expand outward from the corona?
How does the solar wind affect the solar magnetic field?
Is the solar wind featureless on large scales?
Does the solar wind vary in time?
What happens when the solar wind collides with obstacles such as planets or comets?
How and into what does the solar wind expand?

Smaller Scales: Five Physical Processes

Waves and Turbulence
Shock Waves
Particle Acceleration at Shocks
Cosmic Rays: Messengers from the Distant Galaxy and Probes of the Heliosphere
Magnetic Reconnection

Bringing It All Together: Coupling Complexity

Bastille Day Shock

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