View the impact of a coronal mass ejection against the Earth's magnetic field.
A burst of fast material from the Sun generates magnetic reconnection events in the Earth's magnetic field. This eventually sends high-speed electrons and protons into the Earth's upper atmosphere to form aurora.
Walt Feimer (HTSI): Lead Animator
Please give credit for this item to: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
Short URL to share this page: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/20057