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IMAGE Views of the Aurora from Space

The IMAGE spacecraft observed intense auroral displays in the Fall of 2003 as the material from the coronal mass ejection swept past the Earth. The pressure against the Earth's magnetosphere caused it to dump more electrons into the upper atmosphere, creating auroral displays, as we see here over the South Pole. This is a view of the IMAGE data reprojected onto a model of the Earth.

Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Harald Frey (University of California at Berkeley): Scientist
Michael Collier (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
William Steigerwald (NASA/GSFC): Writer
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Data Used:
2004/10/29T05:44:53 - 2004/10/29T08:54:27
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Halloween 2003 Solar Storms

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GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Ionosphere/Magnetosphere Dynamics >> Aurorae
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Solar Activity >> Coronal Mass Ejections
SVS >> Visible Light Imaging

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version