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Reconnection Fronts - When Satellites Align...

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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Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Genna Duberstein (USRA): Video Editor
Karen Fox (ADNET): Producer
Vassilis Angelopoulos (University of California at Berkeley): Scientist
Joachim Raeder (University of New Hampshire): Scientist
Karen Fox (ADNET): Writer
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Data Used:
SSCweb also referred to as: SSCweb ephemerides
Ephemeris - NASA/GSFC Space Physics Data Facility
Satellite ephemerides
JPL DE421 also referred to as: DE421
Ephemeris - NASA/JPL
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SVS >> Geomagnetic Field
SVS >> Magnetosphere
SVS >> Moon
NASA Science >> Earth
NASA Science >> Sun
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons