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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.



Animation Credits

Walt Feimer (HTSI): Lead Animator
Vassilis Angelopoulos (University of California, Berkeley): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

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Mission:
THEMIS

Data Used:
THEMIS None

This item is part of this series:
Auroral Substorms - the View from Space

Keywords:
SVS >> Aurora
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Magnetic Reconnection
SVS >> THEMIS
NASA Science >> Earth
NASA Science >> Sun