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Magnetosphere II: The Solar Wind Strikes Back!

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).

Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Eric Sokolowsky (GST): Animator
Dan Spicer (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
3D Unstructured-mesh Magnetosphere Simulation
Model generated by Dan Spicer, NASA
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SVS >> Earth
SVS >> Geomagnetic Field
SVS >> Magnetosphere
SVS >> Solar Wind
DLESE >> Space science
NASA Science >> Earth
NASA Science >> Sun