A CME Generates Reconnection in Earth's Magnetic Field

  • Released Wednesday, March 30th, 2005
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:56PM
  • ID: 20057

A burst of fast material from the Sun generates magnetic reconnection events in the Earth's magnetic field. This eventually sends high-speed electrons and protons into the Earth's upper atmosphere to form aurora.


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(Collected with the 3D Unstructured-mesh Magnetosphere Simulation sensor)

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