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Reconnection: Solar Wind Breaches the Earth's Magnetic Shield

The Far Ultraviolet camera aboard the IMAGE spacecraft captured this view of a proton aurora (the bright spot near the center of the view) as well as the ring of the electron aurora. The protons for this aurora came from the incoming solar wind. They made it though the Earth's magnetic shield in a magnetic reconnection event higher in the magnetosphere which was detected by the Cluster satellite. Note: A 'corner' appears in the data in the beginning as the IMAGE spacecraft moves into a position where it can view the entire north polar region.
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A movie of the IMAGE-FUV view of the aurora, re-projected onto the Earth's polar cap.    A movie of the IMAGE-FUV view of the aurora, re-projected onto the Earth's polar cap.
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A bright moment for the proton aurora - the bright spot near the center.    A bright moment for the proton aurora - the bright spot near the center.

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The proton aurora begins to fade.    The proton aurora begins to fade.

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?2861
Animation Number:2861
Completed:2003-12-01
Animator:Tom Bridgman (GST) (Lead)
Scientists:Harald Frey (University of California, Berkeley)
 Tai Phan (University of California, Berkeley)
Writer:William Steigerwald (NASA/GSFC)
Platform/Sensor/Data Set:IMAGE/FUV (2000-09-18T01:29:00 - 2000-09-18T09:28:48)
Series:Proton Aurora
Goddard TV Tape:G2003-068
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Keywords:
SVS >> Aurora
SVS >> Earth
SVS >> Magnetic Reconnection
SVS >> Magnetosphere
SVS >> Solar Wind
DLESE >> Space science
SVS >> Space Weather
SVS >> For Educators
 
 


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Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0

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