Sun  ID: 3315

Tour of the Plasmapause - April 2001

The near-Earth space environment is filled with plasma formed when the sun's ultraviolet rays electrify the upper parts of the Earth's atmosphere. This region is called the plasmasphere and its outer boundary is called the plasmapause. Here we view the plasmasphere in a static state as the observer takes a slow polar-orbiting tour of the region.
 

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http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/solarsystem/cold_front_feature.html


Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Jerald Goldstein (SwRI): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Science Paper:
JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH, VOL. 110, A09S31, doi:10.1029/2004JA010928, 2005

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Mission:
IMAGE

Data Used:
IMAGE/EUV
2001/04/11T00:24:00Z
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This item is part of this series:
Space Weather Cold Fronts

Keywords:
SVS >> Plasmasphere
SVS >> Plasmapause
SVS >> Space Weather
NASA Science >> Sun