May 13, 2016

Artistic concept of the MMS space probes at the boundaries of the Earth's magnetic field (Image NASA/Goddard/Conceptual Image Lab)

An article published in the journal “Science” describes the first direct observation of the phenomenon called magnetic reconnection. NASA’s four MMS twin space probes allowed to obtain the best observations made so far of the interaction between the Earth and Sun’s magnetic fields. According to the researchers who analyzed the data collected, electrons trigger this phenomenon.