Magnetic tempest 🔥 Supercomputer simulation of turbulence in the magnetosphere, the magnetic shield layer that protects Earth from solar wind.
"During solar storms, the intensity of energetic particles in the solar wind can increase dramatically, wreaking havoc on Earth's technological systems. This so-called space weather has caused over $4 billion in satellite losses alone. Spacecraft observations have revealed that many regions in the magnetosphere exhibit turbulence, which can enhance mixing–just as we mix cream into coffee by stirring it... We provided our simulation data to a team of engineers at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center who are using it in the design and planning of NASA's upcoming Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS). The primary goal of MMS is to detect and make detailed measurements of the electron-scale features in the magnetosphere that are thought to have global consequences"
The simulation itself was conducted with @nasa supercomputing resources. @nasagoddard From the research of Homa Karimabadi and Ari Le, University of California San Diego @ucsandiego .
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