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Excerpt from "Dynamic Earth"

A giant explosion of magnetic energy from the sun, called a coronal mass ejection, slams into and is deflected completely by the Earth's powerful magnetic field. The sun also continually sends out streams of light and radiation energy. Earth's atmosphere acts like a radiation shield, blocking quite a bit of this energy.

Much of the radiation energy that makes it through is reflected back into space by clouds, ice and snow and the energy that remains helps to drive the Earth system, powering a remarkable planetary engine — the climate. It becomes the energy that feeds swirling wind and ocean currents as cold air and surface waters move toward the equator and warm air and water moves toward the poles — all in an attempt to equalize temperatures around the world.




A jury appointed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Science magazine has selected "Excerpt from Dynamic Earth" as the winner of the 2013 NSF International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge for the Video category. This animation will be highlighted in the February 2014 special section of Science and will be hosted on ScienceMag.org and NSF.gov

This animation was selected for the Computer Animation Festival's Electronic Theater at the Association for Computer Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH), a prestigious computer graphics and technical research forum. This is an excerpt from the fulldome, high-resolution show 'Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth's Climate Engine.' The Dynamic Earth dome show was selected as a finalist in the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Science Media Awards under the category "Best Immersive Cinema - Fulldome".
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     The Coronal Mass Ejection strikes the Earth! (id 3551)
     A Coronal Mass Ejection strikes Venus! (id 3867)
     Wind and Ocean Circulation shot for Dynamic Earth Dome Show (id 3879)
     A Coronal Mass Ejection strikes the Earth! (id 3902)
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Follow a coronal mass ejection as is passes Venus then Earth, and explore how the sun drives Earth's winds and oceans.    Follow a coronal mass ejection as is passes Venus then Earth, and explore how the sun drives Earth's winds and oceans.

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A coronal mass ejection erupts from the Sun.    A coronal mass ejection erupts from the Sun.

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A coronal mass ejection approaches Venus.    A coronal mass ejection approaches Venus.

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A coronal mass ejection passes Venus.    A coronal mass ejection passes Venus.

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Ocean currents of the Gulf Stream.    Ocean currents of the Gulf Stream.

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Follow a coronal mass ejection as is passes Venus then Earth; and explore how the sun drive Earth's winds and oceans.  This version has an alternate narrator.    Follow a coronal mass ejection as is passes Venus then Earth; and explore how the sun drive Earth's winds and oceans. This version has an alternate narrator.

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?11003
Animation Number:11003
Completed:2012-06-14
Animators:Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC) (Lead)
 Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC)
 Tom Bridgman (GST)
 Ernie Wright (USRA)
 Trent L. Schindler (USRA)
 Cindy Starr (GST)
 Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC)
Video Editor:Stuart A. Snodgrass (HTSI)
Narrators:Liam Neeson (Self)
 Michael Starobin (HTSI)
Producers:Thomas Lucas (Thomas Lucas Productions)
 Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC)
 Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC)
Writer:Thomas Lucas (Thomas Lucas Productions)
Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets:Enlil Heliospheric Model
 BATS-R-US Magnetosphere Model
 ECCO2 High Resolution Ocean and Sea Ice Model (2005/04/25 through 2005/11/25)
 MERRA (2005/09/05 through 2005/09/19)
 Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble: Next Generation
 Hipparcos/Telescope/Tycho 2 Catalogue
Series:Narrated Movies
 Dynamic Earth Dome Show
Goddard TV Tape:G2012-069 -- Dynamic Earth
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Keywords:
SVS >> CME
SVS >> Coronal Mass Ejection
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Magnetosphere
SVS >> Ocean Currents
SVS >> Ocean Floor
DLESE >> Physical geography
DLESE >> Physical oceanography
SVS >> Solar Flare
SVS >> Solar Ultraviolet
SVS >> Solar Wind
SVS >> Sun
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Circulation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Waves
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Sea Surface Topography
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Circulation >> Ocean Currents
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Solar Activity >> Coronal Properties
SVS >> Space Weather
SVS >> Hyperwall
SVS >> SDO
SVS >> Solar Dynamics Observatory
SVS >> Heliophysics
SVS >> Corona
NASA Science >> Earth
NASA Science >> Sun
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