Radiation Belts and Plasmapause Fluctuate Under Solar Storm
In this visualization, we see the interaction of the radiation belts (violet/white), the plasmapause (green surface) and magnetopause (gray surface).
NOTE: This visualization shows the Earth's magnetic dipole field lines rotating rigidly with the Earth. Technically, this is inaccurate. Ions and electrons in the lower atmosphere can create currents which can make these lines 'drag' with Earth's rotation, but this will occur mostly near the Earth and not higher up. More details on this process can be found in the FAQ at the The Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere web site, Does the Earth's magnetic field rotate?.
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
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Datasets used in this visualization
Solar Anomalous and Magnetospheric Particle Explorer (SAMPEX)ID: 90Collected with PET 2003/10/29 - 2003/10/31
IMAGEID: 41Collected with EUV 2003/10/29 - 2003/10/31
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