Contact: Saralyn Stewart
American Physical Society
Caption: This is an artist's rendition of an expanding model CME flux rope, which is about to impinge on the Earth. The dark blue represents a weak calculated magnetic field (of the order of 15 nanotesla) while red shows a strong field (of the order of 1 gauss). One representative magnetic "field line" is illustrated.
Credit: J. Chen and V. Kunkel
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