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Gaps in the Earth's Radiation Belts

The Earth's radiation belts (violet & white) change considerably due to a number of influences, ranging from a changing solar wind to the lightning on the Earth. Here we see a range of variation in the electron flux in early December 2003. White indicates higher electron flux than violet. The gray curves represent the lines of the Earth's magnetic field. These radiation belts are constructed on a per-orbit basis with data from SAMPEX.

Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
James Green (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Solar Anomalous and Magnetospherice Particle Explorer (SAMPEX)

Data Used:
Solar Anomalous and Magnetospheric Particle Explorer (SAMPEX)/PET
2003-12-01T00:00 - 2003-12-10T23:59
SSCweb also referred to as: SSCweb ephemerides
Ephemeris - NASA/GSFC Space Physics Data Facility - 2003-12-01T00:00 - 2003-12-10T23:59
Satellite ephemerides
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This item is part of this series:
Lightning and the Safe Zone

SVS >> Energetic Particles
SVS >> Magnetic Fields
DLESE >> Space science
SVS >> Orbit
SVS >> Radiation Belts
NASA Science >> Sun