Reconnection Fronts - When Satellites Align...

  • Released Thursday, September 26th, 2013
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:51PM
  • ID: 4080

In July of 2012, a fleet of spacecraft studying Earth's magnetosphere were in an ideal alignment to detect a particle flow predicted in magnetospheric models. The grey mesh shell structure represents the approximate location of the magnetopause.

In this visualization, THEMIS, ARTEMIS (in orbit around the Moon), and Geotail, as well as the particle detectors on the GOES-13 and GOES-15 satellites achieved a good alignment around 09:45 on July 3, 2012 to detect one of the particle flows predicted by magnetospheric models.

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DE421 (A.K.A. JPL DE421)
Ephemeris NASA/JPL
SSCweb ephemerides (A.K.A. SSCweb)
Ephemeris NASA/GSFC Space Physics Data Facility

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