Reconnection of the interplanetary and the Earth's magnetic fields
Date: 21 November 2004
Satellite: Double Star and Cluster
Depicts: Flux tube reconnection
Copyright: Courtesy F. Pitout, ESA/ESTEC
Animated sketch of the reconnection of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) with the Earth's magnetic field. Double Star is located around the ecliptic plane (red spot) and Cluster near the polar cusp (blue spot). The animation shows the motion of the reconnected flux tube.
Last Update: 1 September 2019