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Asymmetrical Magnetic Reconnection

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asymmetrical magnetic reconnection
Michael Hesse/NASA Goddard/Joy Ng
On Earth's dayside, magnetic reconnection is asymmetric — meaning it flings particles, like ions and electrons, unequally in different directions. In this simulation, particles are seen primarily moving upwards away from the site of reconnection along the black magnetic field lines.