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Densities of particulates in a carbon star's stellar wind?

  1. Mar 23, 2010 #1
    I have been reading up on Wiki's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_star" [Broken] entry, and I have questions.

    If a probe were inside a star system comprised of a carbon star and a companion, what kind of particulate densities could be expected to be measured at various equivalent points such as: inside the orbit of the planet Mercury, at Earth orbit, at Jupiter's orbit.

    The nature of the particulates is also left obscure in the Wiki entry. Are they molecular in size? nanometric? larger aggregates? various fullerenes?

    Would the exterior surface of the probe get weighted down by carbon accumulation? If so, after how long? Also, how would such a rich stellar wind interact with powerful planetary magnetospheres such as those of gas giants or brown stars within that system?
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