Tail Reconnection Triggering Substorm Onset

@article{Angelopoulos2008TailRT,
  title={Tail Reconnection Triggering Substorm Onset},
  author={V. Angelopoulos and J. Mcfadden and D. Larson and C. Carlson and S. Mende and H. Frey and T. Phan and D. Sibeck and K. Glassmeier and U. Auster and E. Donovan and I. Mann and I. J. Rae and C. Russell and A. Runov and Xuzhi Zhou and L. Kepko},
  journal={Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={321},
  pages={931 - 935}
}
Magnetospheric substorms explosively release solar wind energy previously stored in Earth's magnetotail, encompassing the entire magnetosphere and producing spectacular auroral displays. It has been unclear whether a substorm is triggered by a disruption of the electrical current flowing across the near-Earth magnetotail, at ∼10 RE (RE: Earth radius, or 6374 kilometers), or by the process of magnetic reconnection typically seen farther out in the magnetotail, at ∼20 to 30 RE. We report on… Expand
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