When Magnetic Fields Lines on the Sun Come Together (image) NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Share Print E-Mail Caption When magnetic fields lines on the sun come together they can realign into a new configuration. The process, called magnetic reconnection, can produce tremendous amounts of energy, powering gigantic explosions in the sun's atmosphere. Credit NASA Goddard Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.