Magnetosphere II: The Solar Wind Strikes Back!

  • Released Friday, March 1st, 2002
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:57PM
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A view of a computer-generated model of the Earth's magnetosphere. Semi-transparent surfaces represent particle density (red is high, blue is low), the silvery tube represent magnetic field lines and the yellow ribbons represent the paths of charged solar wind particles. In this particular model, the solar wind has an ambient density of 8.35 particles/cm^3. The isosurfaces are then red (> 17 particles/cm^3), yellow (> 12 particles/cm^3), green (> 8.6 particles/cm^3) and blue (< 1.0 particle/cm^3).

A profile view of the magnetosphere.  The Sun would be located to the left.  Lines from the Earths magnetic field are stretched out behind the Earth to form the magnetotail.

A profile view of the magnetosphere. The Sun would be located to the left. Lines from the Earths magnetic field are stretched out behind the Earth to form the magnetotail.

A view of the magnetosphere on the sunward side.  The interaction of the solar wind with the field and particles compresses this region to form a shield-like structure.

A view of the magnetosphere on the sunward side. The interaction of the solar wind with the field and particles compresses this region to form a shield-like structure.

A closer view of the Earth inside the magnetosphere.  The field lines do not reach the Earth due to the boundary of the computational model.

A closer view of the Earth inside the magnetosphere. The field lines do not reach the Earth due to the boundary of the computational model.

Video slate image reads "Magnetosphere II: The Solar Wind Strikes Back!"

Video slate image reads "Magnetosphere II: The Solar Wind Strikes Back!"



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