Somehow? Then where does the energy come from?Magnetic reconnection is a process that can occur almost anywhere that a magnetic field is found. In a reconnection event, the magnetic field lines are squeezed together somehow and spontaneously reconfigure themselves. This releases energy.
WOw! What would happen if ESA sent out not four but 10's, 100's or even 1000's of small sensor satelitles to mesure just how big these electric fields are? Around Earth and in the greater solar system.The new Cluster measurements reveal the electric field on the scale of a few hundred kilometres. "This is the first ever measurement of this term," says Paul Henderson, from University College London's Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UK, who led the investigation.
So these "events" have real power?When the field reconnects in this region, it triggers jets of energetic particles that can cause auroral lights but can also damage satellites.
So would it be a fair assumption to say that any body (with a magnetosphere) in the whole of the universe that orbits around a star (a body radiating "solar wind'), would have these "reconection" phenomena? What happens to any body without this magnetospheric protection?
Just what role does electricity play in space? Does it just make pretty lights around the poles of planets? Or is it much larger than that?
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