Definitions for "Magnetotail"
The portion of a planetary magnetosphere pulled downstream by the solar wind.
The extreme extension of a magnetosphere, on the side of a planet opposite the Sun, caused by the solar wind. See the image on the right above.
The extension of the magnetosphere in the antisunward direction as a result of the interaction with solar wind. In the inner magnetotail, the field lines maintain a roughly dipolar configuration. But at greater distances in the antisunward direction, the field lines are stretched into northern and southern lobes, separated by a plasmasheet. There is observational evidence for traces of earth's magnetotail as far as 1000 earth radii downstream.