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Magnetic Reconnection 2

This is an update to an older magnetic reconnection animation (10072). The ionized wind from the Sun generates reconnection in the Earth's magnetic field. Particles leak in from the rediation belts producing the auroras.

Animation Credits

Walt Feimer (HTSI): Lead Animator
Nicola Fox (Johns Hopkins University/APL): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

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