Earth  Sun  ID: 20057

A CME Generates Reconnection in 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.

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Walt Feimer (HTSI): Lead Animator
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

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3D Unstructured-mesh Magnetosphere Simulation

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