Magnetic Reconnection Throughout the Solar System

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Magnetic reconnection is one of the most important processes in the space. Reconnection occurs when crossed magnetic field lines snap, explosively flinging away nearby particles at high speeds. The following animations illustrate this magnetic explosion on the Sun, near black holes, around Earth.

The solar wind flows around Earth's protective magnetic field, the magnetosphere. Reconnection occurs in small bursts when the magnetosphere is impacted by the solar wind.

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