Sun  ID: 3050

Tour of the Plasmasphere and Plasmapause

The plasmasphere is a region of ionospheric plasma which co-rotates with the Earth, carried by the magnetic field lines. This plasma tends to be colder (i.e. the ions have lower average energy) than the outer region of the magnetosphere. The plasmapause marks the outer boundary of this region. This visualization is a simple fly-around tour of the plasmapause (green) in a relatively quiescent state. For this visualization, the 3-dimensional structure was constructed from the equatorial profile of the plasmapause (as measured by IMAGE/EUV data) by extending the region along field lines of a simple dipole field.

Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
James W. Williams (GST): Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Jerald Goldstein (SwRI): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Mission:
IMAGE

Data Used:
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This item is part of this series:
Halloween 2003 Solar Storms Revisited

Goddard TV Tape:
G2004-071

Keywords:
SVS >> Plasmasphere
DLESE >> Space science
SVS >> Plasmapause
SVS >> Space Weather
SVS >> For Educators
SVS >> Space Science
SVS >> Earth Science >> El Nino
NASA Science >> Sun