How do solar storms interact with the Earth's magnetosphere?

In summary, the conversation discusses the development of a model for how solar storms interact with the magnetosphere. The participants also question whether the resulting magnetic field will be affected by the interference of two magnets, and if this can be similar to the effect of solar storms on the Earth's magnetic field. They also consider using an apparatus as a model for a school project and discuss the possibility of solar particles changing the shape of the Earth's magnetic field.
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I am trying to develop a model about how solar storms interact with the magnetosphere.


In the picture attached, assuming that the magnets are fixed to their positions, how will the resulting magnetic field look like? Will the field lines of the larger magnet be deflected up and downwards due to the interference of the small magnet?

Are the magnetic storms caused by the sun similar to the effect designed in the apparatus attached?
 

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what you draw here could be in a first approximation decribed as a dipole, tilted with respect to bigger magnet. The picture for the earh magnetic field, influenced by the solar flare, is here: http://www.windows.ucar.edu/sparc/images/mag4.gif
 
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I was thinking of using this apparatus as a model in a school project to determine how the magnetic field of the Earth looks like. I drew a pic of the interacting magnetic fields, can anyone tell me if it is correct or not?


If it is correct, it seems not to have the same shape as the Earth's magnetic field as shown in the previous picture... are the solar particles magnetically changing the shape of the Earth magnetic field?
 

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I thing a flare carries some current so it interacts with the Earth field. but i am no "Solarologist"
 

Related to How do solar storms interact with the Earth's magnetosphere?

1. What are interacting magnetic fields?

Interacting magnetic fields refer to the phenomenon of two or more magnetic fields influencing each other's behavior. This can occur when two magnetic fields are in close proximity to each other, causing them to either attract or repel each other.

2. How do interacting magnetic fields affect objects?

When interacting magnetic fields are present, objects within the fields may experience a force, depending on the orientation and strength of the fields. This force can cause objects to move or change direction, depending on the properties of the objects and the magnetic fields.

3. What are some examples of interacting magnetic fields?

Some examples of interacting magnetic fields include the Earth's magnetic field and the magnetic field of a compass needle, which interact to help navigate. Other examples include the magnetic fields produced by magnets, which can interact with each other to either attract or repel.

4. How can interacting magnetic fields be used in technology?

Interacting magnetic fields have many practical applications in technology. They are used in devices such as electric motors, generators, and transformers to convert electrical energy into mechanical energy and vice versa. They are also used in magnetic storage devices, such as hard drives, and in medical imaging technology, such as MRI machines.

5. Can interacting magnetic fields be harmful to humans?

Interacting magnetic fields are generally not harmful to humans at the levels we encounter in everyday life. However, high levels of magnetic fields, such as those found near power lines or in certain medical procedures, can potentially have negative health effects. It is important to follow safety guidelines and limit exposure to strong magnetic fields.

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