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Space Weather

This movie takes us on a space weather journey from the center of the sun to solar eruptions in the sun's atmosphere all the way to the effects of that activity near Earth. The view starts in the core of the sun where atoms fuse together to create light and energy. Next we travel toward the sun's surface, watching loops of magnetic fields rise up to break through the sun's atmosphere, the corona. In the corona is where we witness giant bursts of radiation and energy known as solar flares, as well as gigantic eruptions of solar material called coronal mass ejections or CMEs. The movie follows one of these CME's toward Earth where it impacts and compresses Earth's own protective magnetic bubble, the magnetosphere. As energy and particles from the sun funnel along magnetic field lines near Earth, they ultimately produce aurora at Earth's poles.
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Fusion    Fusion



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Ignition    Ignition

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Breaching the surface of the Sun    Breaching the surface of the Sun

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Loops on the Sun's surface    Loops on the Sun's surface



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Flares on the Sun    Flares on the Sun



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Prominence on the Sun    Prominence on the Sun

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CME on the Sun    CME on the Sun

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CME leaving the Sun    CME leaving the Sun



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Earth and magnetosphere revealed and CME Impact    Earth and magnetosphere revealed and CME Impact

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Frontside reconnection and aurora    Frontside reconnection and aurora

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Aurora at the South pole    Aurora at the South pole

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?20192
Animation Number:20192
Completed:2012-09-17
Animators:Walt Feimer (HTSI) (Lead)
 Michael Lentz (USRA) (Lead)
Producer:Walt Feimer (HTSI)
Scientist:Holly Gilbert (NASA/GSFC)
Writer:Karen Fox (ASI)
Please give credit for this item to:
Conceptual Image Lab, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
 
Keywords:
SVS >> CME
SVS >> Coronal Mass Ejection
SVS >> Solar Flare
SVS >> Solar Ultraviolet
SVS >> Solar Wind
SVS >> Sun
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions
SVS >> Space Weather
SVS >> SDO
SVS >> Solar Dynamics Observatory
SVS >> Heliophysics
SVS >> Corona
SVS >> Auroral Storms
NASA Science >> Sun
SVS >> Conceptual Image Lab
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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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