Contact: Karen Fox
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Caption: This is a 2-D vision of the solar wind turbulence at the smallest scale seen yet, thanks to observations by Cluster satellites. The approximate location of the measurements is indicated on a graphic illustrating features of Earth’s magnetic environment. The inset shows conditions as would be seen facing the solar wind, with current sheets forming at the border of turbulent eddies. The trajectory of the Cluster spacecraft is marked on the inset by the black line and the color gradients represent the magnetic field strength intensity.
Credit: Background graphic: ESA/ATG Medialab Inset: NASA/J. Dorelli
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