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This computer animation, based on actual satellite observations, shows the changes in the Earth's magnetosphere during a coronal mass ejection from the Sun. Scientists use computer models to understand exactly how magnetic storms behave.

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NASA Official: Adam Szabo

Curators: Robert Candey, Alex Young, Tamara Kovalick

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