Scientists Solve 30-year-old Aurora Borealis Mystery

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"Our data show clearly and for the first time that magnetic reconnection is the trigger," said Angelopoulos, who reports the research in the July 24 online issue of the journal Science. "Reconnection results in a slingshot acceleration of waves and plasma along magnetic field lines, lighting up the aurora underneath even before the near-Earth space has had a chance to respond. We are providing the evidence that this is happening." sciencedaily

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Posted: July 28th, 2008
at 6:22am by Koookiecrumbles


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