Revisiting cometary bow shock positions

Koenders, C.; Glassmeier, K.-H.; Richter, I.; Motschmann, U.; Rubin, Martin (2013). Revisiting cometary bow shock positions. Planetary and space science, 87, pp. 85-95. Elsevier 10.1016/j.pss.2013.08.009

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The Rosetta spacecraft will arrive at comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in 2014 and will escort the comet along its journey around the Sun. The predicted outgassing rate of the comet and the solar wind properties close to its perihelion at 1.24 AU lead to the expectation that a cometary bow shock will form during the escort phase. Since the forecasts of the subsolar stand off distances differ, this study revisits selected models and presents hybrid simulations of the comet–solar wind interaction region performed with the A.I.K.E.F. code. It is shown that small variations of the solar wind parameters will shift the bow shock position considerably. In addition, a model is presented that reproduces the bow shock distances observed in the hybrid simulations.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Space Research and Planetary Sciences
10 Strategic Research Centers > Center for Space and Habitability (CSH)

UniBE Contributor:

Rubin, Martin


500 Science > 530 Physics








Cléa Serpollier

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10 Jul 2014 11:44

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10 Jul 2014 11:44

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