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Excerpt from "Dynamic Earth"

A giant explosion of magnetic energy from the sun, called a coronal mass ejection, slams into and is deflected completely by the Earth's powerful magnetic field. The sun also continually sends out streams of light and radiation energy. Earth's atmosphere acts like a radiation shield, blocking quite a bit of this energy.

Much of the radiation energy that makes it through is reflected back into space by clouds, ice and snow and the energy that remains helps to drive the Earth system, powering a remarkable planetary engine — the climate. It becomes the energy that feeds swirling wind and ocean currents as cold air and surface waters move toward the equator and warm air and water moves toward the poles — all in an attempt to equalize temperatures around the world.

A jury appointed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Science magazine has selected "Excerpt from Dynamic Earth" as the winner of the 2013 NSF International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge for the Video category. This animation will be highlighted in the February 2014 special section of Science and will be hosted on and

This animation was selected for the Computer Animation Festival's Electronic Theater at the Association for Computer Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH), a prestigious computer graphics and technical research forum. This is an excerpt from the fulldome, high-resolution show 'Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth's Climate Engine.' The Dynamic Earth dome show was selected as a finalist in the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Science Media Awards under the category "Best Immersive Cinema - Fulldome".

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Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Tom Bridgman (Global Science and Technology, Inc.): Animator
Ernie Wright (USRA): Animator
Trent L. Schindler (USRA): Animator
Cindy Starr (Global Science and Technology, Inc.): Animator
Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Stuart A. Snodgrass (HTSI): Video Editor
Liam Neeson (Self): Narrator
Michael Starobin (HTSI): Narrator
Thomas Lucas (Thomas Lucas Productions): Producer
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Producer
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Producer
Thomas Lucas (Thomas Lucas Productions): Writer
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Data Used:
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble: Next Generation also referred to as: BMNG
The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
Hipparcos/Telescope/Tycho 2 Catalogue also referred to as: Tycho Catalogue
Luhmann-Friesen Magnetosphere Model (1979)/Magnetic Field Lines (Luhmann-Friesen)
Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 84, Aug. 1, 1979, p. 4405-4408
Analysis - 2005/09/05 through 2005/09/19
Enlil Heliospheric Model also referred to as: Enlil Heliospheric Model
Model - Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC)
MHD solar wind simulation
BATS-R-US Magnetosphere Model
Model - Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC)
MHD Magnetospheric simulation
ECCO2 High Resolution Ocean and Sea Ice Model also referred to as: ECCO2
Model - NASA/JPL - 2005/04/25 through 2005/11/25
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This item is part of these series:
Narrated Movies
Dynamic Earth Dome Show

Goddard TV Tape:
G2012-069 -- Dynamic Earth

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DLESE >> Physical oceanography
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GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions
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GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Waves
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Sea Surface Topography
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Circulation >> Ocean Currents
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Solar Activity >> Coronal Properties
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Solar Activity >> Solar Flares
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Solar Activity >> Solar Ultraviolet
SVS >> Space Weather
SVS >> Hyperwall
SVS >> Solar Dynamics Observatory
SVS >> Heliophysics
DLESE >> Narrated
SVS >> Corona
NASA Science >> Earth
NASA Science >> Sun
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Solar Activity >> Coronal Mass Ejections
SVS >> Solar Phenomenon
SVS >> Earth's Solar Shield
SVS >> Computer Graphics
SVS >> Ocean Heat Transfer

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