Earth  Sun  ID: 20069

Magnetic Reconnection

The ionized wind from the Sun generates reconnection in the Earth's magnetic field. Particles leak in from the radiation belts producing the aurora.

Animation Credits

Walt Feimer (HTSI): Lead Animator
Nicola Fox (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

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Keywords:
SVS >> Magnetosphere
NASA Science >> Earth
NASA Science >> Sun