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THEMIS Sees Magnetic Reconnection

THEMIS observations confirm for the first time that magnetic reconnection in the magnetotail triggers the onset of substorms. Substorms are the sudden violent eruptions of space weather that release solar energy trapped in the Earth's magnetic field.

THEMIS reconnection animation    THEMIS reconnection animation
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Animation Number:20141
Animator:Walt Feimer (HTSI) (Lead)
Scientist:Vassilis Angelopoulos (University of California, Berkeley)
Platform/Sensor/Data Set:THEMIS
Series:Auroral Substorms - the View from Space
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SVS >> Aurora
SVS >> Magnetic Reconnection
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