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Artist's impression of the electrical and magnetic energy event of August 2004
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- Title Artist's impression of the electrical and magnetic energy event of August 2004
- Released 31/03/2006 11:28 am
- Copyright ESA
Artist's impression of the neutral sheet oscillations observed in Earth's magnetotail by the four ESA/NASA Cluster spacecraft (in blue) and the CNSA/ESA Double Star TC-1 spacecraft in red.
The five spacecraft were engulfed by waves of electrical and magnetic energy as they travelled through Earth’s night-time shadow on 5 August 2004.
The data collected by the spacecraft are giving scientists an important clue to the effects of 'space weather' on Earth’s magnetic field.