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Observing a dayside proton auroral spot
- Title Observing a dayside proton auroral spot
- Released 12/05/2003 12:00 am
- Copyright Geophysical Research Letters
The configuration of spacecraft and the Earth when the breakthrough was made. On 18 March 2002, NASA's IMAGE was closer to the Earth and observing an aurora that contained a dayside proton auroral spot (see bottom left picture). At the same time, ESA's Cluster quartet then passed overhead returning proton data (see top left graph) that showed a magnetic reconnection was taking place and that protons were leaking through Earth's magnetic shield. These protons were then being funnelled into Earth's atmosphere along the magnetic field to form the spot.
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