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This visualization collection from the NASA Multiscale Magnetosphere mission animates the process of magnetic reconnection, a phenomenon that happens when magnetic fields around Earth connect and explosively realign. Magnetic reconnection occurs at the boundary where Earth's magnetosphere encounters the solar wind and converts magnetic energy into kinetic and thermal energy. Magnetic reconnection is considered to be a key driver of space radiation. These visualizations show the flow of particles before, during and after magnetic reconnection. Be sure to check out the chaotic nature of the vector lines depicting strength and direction of accelerated particles.

The MMS mission was launched in 2015 and consists of four spacecraft flying in a pyramid structure to better obtain 3-dimensional data structures of magnetic field events.
Editor's Note: This is cutting edge science. The first data-producing spacecraft to move through a reconnection event happened in 2016. Scientists were struck by how chaotically the magnetic field behaved during reconnection.
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Astronomy
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magnetic field data, magnetic reconnection, magnetosphere, reconnection, solar wind
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Next Generation Science Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas (K-12)

Types of Interactions (PS2.B)
  • Forces that act at a distance (electric, magnetic, and gravitational) can be explained by fields that extend through space and can be mapped by their effect on a test object (a charged object, or a ball, respectively). (6-8)
  • Forces at a distance are explained by fields (gravitational, electric, and magnetic) permeating space that can transfer energy through space. Magnets or electric currents cause magnetic fields; electric charges or changing magnetic fields cause electric fields. (9-12)
Relationship Between Energy and Forces (PS3.C)
  • When two objects interacting through a field change relative position, the energy stored in the field is changed. (9-12)

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