Dynamics of Earth's Magnetotail
Date: 14 March 2004
Depicts: Earth's Magnetotail
Copyright: Dr. Chris Owen, MSSL, Dorking, UK
A schematic drawing of the dynamics of the Earth's magnetotail. The Earth's magnetic field lines stretch far into the nightside, forming a long magnetotail that develops into an unstable situation. As a result of magnetic reconnection, a large amount of energy is released towards the Earth's atmosphere and a plasmoid, a magnetic bubble escapes from the magnetosphere back into the solar wind.
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