Research Spotlight: Magnetic island observed at Earth's magnetopause

Authors

  • Ernie Tretkoff


Abstract

Understanding processes in the Earth's magnetosphere can help scientists understand and predict space weather and its effects on technology such as satellites and communications and navigation systems. Magnetic reconnection, in which magnetic field lines break, rearrange, and rejoin each other, is an important process that converts magnetic field energy into thermal and kinetic energy in the space plasma environment.

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