How much magnetic repulsion could the sun's magnetic field produce on an magnetic object? Consider the object is ideal: It could be flat, to create more resistance, balanced, to stay on the opposing side of the magnetic field, for propulsion, at the right distance, not to get too hot, traveling over a sun spot, and time, during the solar maximum.

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    $\begingroup$ I have to say, I don't understand the premise of your question. Particularly your "How much thrust/force/etc. could the sun effect a magnetic object?" question as it is not entirely grammatically correct. Are you able to rephrase that question to make it clearer what you're trying to ask? $\endgroup$
    – zephyr
    Jun 22, 2021 at 23:43
  • $\begingroup$ Now I'd have to ask, propulsion by what mechanism? Naively I'd assume you meant from the solar wind, the stream of particles constantly being blown away from the sun, or propulsion from the sun's light energy (which could propel solar sails), but you also specifically ask about magnetic objects, so that makes me think you're asking how much a charged/magnetic object could be propelled by the Sun's magnetic field. And in that case there are many conditions you'd have to ask like properties on the object being propelled. $\endgroup$
    – zephyr
    Jun 22, 2021 at 23:48
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    $\begingroup$ The problem is that magnetic repulsion depends upon the properties of both objects. If you have two powerful magnets they're repel (or attract) each other very strongly. If you have a powerful magnet and a weak magnet, their combined effect on each other will be lesser. But you can't just talk about the magnetic strength of one of them. You need to specify the properties (i.e., the magnetic strength) of both. Saying this other object is "ideal" isn't enough to say how strong of a magnet that object is. $\endgroup$
    – zephyr
    Jun 23, 2021 at 0:40
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    $\begingroup$ fyi @Justintimeforfun questions about the Sun's magnetic field are good to ask here, and there could certainly be slightly magnetically polarized asteroids, but questions about any kind of propulsion for an artificial spacecraft may be better received in Space Exploration SE. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Jun 23, 2021 at 1:38
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    $\begingroup$ I received your flag. Are you saying you're intending to ask about space propulsion engineering applications? Or are you just asking a general physics question about the Sun? If it's the latter, I think it should stay here. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage
    Jun 24, 2021 at 19:58


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