Reconnection Fronts - When Satellites Align...

  • Released Thursday, September 26, 2013

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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This page was originally published on Thursday, September 26, 2013.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:51 PM EDT.


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