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Substorms

This animation shows a magnetospheric substorm, during which the reconnection causes energy to be rapidly released along the field lines causing the auroras to brighten.
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Earth's magnetic field lines including plasma.    Earth's magnetic field lines including plasma.
Duration: 49.0 seconds
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Coronal mass ejection hitting the bow shock.    Coronal mass ejection hitting the bow shock.

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Changes in Earth's magnetic field lines as a result of the coronal mass ejection.    Changes in Earth's magnetic field lines as a result of the coronal mass ejection.

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Reconnection of the magnetic field lines.    Reconnection of the magnetic field lines.

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Plasma after the magnetic field line reconnection.    Plasma after the magnetic field line reconnection.

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The plasma encountering the Earth's atmosphere, causing auroras.    The plasma encountering the Earth's atmosphere, causing auroras.

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?20097
Animation Number:20097
Completed:2007-01-12
Animator:Walt Feimer (HTSI) (Lead)
Series:THEMIS Pre-launch
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center- Conceptual Image Lab
 
Keywords:
SVS >> Aurora
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Magnetic Reconnection
SVS >> Solar Wind
SVS >> Space Weather
SVS >> THEMIS
 
 


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Many of our multimedia items use the GCMD keywords. These keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation:
Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0

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