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In a turbulent magnetic environment, magnetic field lines become scrambled. As the field lines cross, intense electric currents (shown here as bright regions) form and eventually trigger magnetic reconnection (indicated by a flash), which is an explosive event that releases magnetic energy accumulated in the current layers and ejects high-speed bi-directional jets of electrons. Credit: NASA Goddard’s Conceptual Image Lab/Lisa Poje; Simulations by: University of Chicago/Colby Haggerty; University of Delaware/Tulasi Parashar

NASA spacecraft discovers new magnetic process in turbulent space

The space immediately around Earth is full of hidden secrets and invisible processes. In a new discovery, NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft — MMS has captured a...

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