[ Back to EurekAlert! ]

Contact: Bárbara Ferreira
media@egu.eu
49-892-180-6703
European Geosciences Union

Plasma Outflow from Plasmasphere to Magnetosphere

Loading video...

Caption: This animation shows the Earth's plasmasphere -- the innermost part of our planet's magnetosphere -- and the plasmaspheric wind, an outward flow of charged particles. The doughnut-shaped plasmasphere is centred around the Earth's equator and rotates along with it. The steady plasmaspheric wind continuously transfers material from the plasmasphere into the magnetosphere, releasing about 1 kg of plasma every second -- almost 90 tonnes a day -- into the outer magnetosphere.

Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

Usage Restrictions: None

Related news release: Cluster spacecraft detects elusive space wind


[ Back to EurekAlert! ]