NASA to Launch Satellites into Powerful Magnetic Explosions

March 11, 2015 5:52 PM

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Magnetic reconnection is ubiquitous — wherever there’s a magnetic field there’s the potential for the field to ‘snap’, reconnect and, if the magnetic field is embedded in an energetic plasma, explode.

Although the physical phenomenon has been observed to occur in everything from the sun’s corona to the tokamaks inside experimental fusion reactors, scientists are not entirely clear what triggers it and why the result of reconnection is often highly energetic.

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