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  • Top: Electron movement in solar wind parallels magnetic field direction.
Bottom: After magnetic reconnection, the electrons lose their alignment with Earth’s magnetic field.
    UW-Madison
    Top: Electron movement in solar wind parallels magnetic field direction. Bottom: After magnetic reconnection, the electrons lose their alignment with Earth’s magnetic field.
  • Jan Egedal, professor of physics at UW-Madison who lead an exploration of magnetic reconnection, stands beside a chamber used for experiments in that exotic phenomenon. Magnetic reconnection seems to be involved in some of the most violent explosions in the universe; the recent study was the clearest view of the magnetic reconnection ever measured in space. The results “blew my mind,” he says.
    David Tenenbaum/UW-Madison
    Jan Egedal, professor of physics at UW-Madison who lead an exploration of magnetic reconnection, stands beside a chamber used for experiments in that exotic phenomenon. Magnetic reconnection seems to be involved in some of the most violent explosions in the universe; the recent study was the clearest view of the magnetic reconnection ever measured in space. The results “blew my mind,” he says.
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