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Scientists find the trigger of the Northern Lights

  1. Jul 24, 2008 #1

    This is pretty suprising to me and I dont quite understand how the sequence could play out in this way. Regardless, it is a pretty interesting piece.

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  3. Jul 25, 2008 #2
    I found that very interesting, it makes sense, thanks for posting it.
  4. Jul 27, 2008 #3


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    The snapping of magnetic fields is known as magnetic reconnection.

    It appears that the observations support magnetic reconnection as the initiating phenomenon for auroral substorms.

    Tail Reconnection Triggering Substorm Onset - Science Magazine
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