Van Allen Probes New View of the Radiation Belts

  • Released Thursday, February 28, 2013

This visualization is constructed from some of the first data from the Van Allen Probes (formerly RBSP).

The belts are constructed from particle samples by the probes as they pass through the belt, so each 3-D snapshot corresponds to the outward or inward portion of the probes' orbit.

The major result from this early data is the recognition of a third radiation belt (the outer belt appears to actually be two belts).

Cross-Section cutaway of the Van Allen belts measured by the Van Allen Probes. Particle flux is represented by color, with blue and green as lower fluxes and orange and red corresponds to high particle flux.

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Release date

This page was originally published on Thursday, February 28, 2013.
This page was last updated on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 12:04 AM EST.


This visualization is related to the following missions:

Datasets used in this visualization

  • ECT [Van Allen Probes: Energetic Particle, Composition, and Thermal Plasma Suite]

    ID: 828
    Type: Observed DataSensor: Energetic Particle, Composition, and Thermal Plasma Suite

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