ESA / Schematic of Reconnection
ESA / Schematic of Reconnection
Ajmir Kandola

Date: 02 February 2005
Satellite: Cluster
Depicts: Reconnecting field lines
Copyright: N. Tsyganenko, USRA/GSFC/NASA

Sketch of the Earth's magnetosphere, delimited by the magnetopause (orange dashed line), its border with the solar wind. Reconnection starts at the front of the magnetosphere (left side) and the reconnected field lines (in white) propagate tailward.