New research reveals how energy dissipates outside Earth’s magnetic field

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(University of Maryland) A new research paper in Nature provides the first evidence that magnetic reconnection–a process that dissipates magnetic energy and accelerates charged particles in Earth's magnetic field–also occurs at very small spatial scales in the turbulent magnetosheath. The results suggest that small-scale magnetic reconnection may play a role in heating the solar corona and the solar wind, as well as turbulent magnetic systems elsewhere in space.

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