What is magnetic reconnection?

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Magnetic reconnection refers to the breaking and reconnecting of oppositely directed magnetic field lines in a plasma.


In this process, magnetic field energy is converted to plasma kinetic and thermal energy. Solar magnetic activity, including flares, can eject high energy charged particles into space .

Reconnection occurs wherever charged gases, called plasma, are present. Changing magnetic fields affect the way charged particles move and vice versa . (SOURCE: NASA).

Magnetic reconnection is a physical process in highly conducting plasmas in which the magnetic topology is rearranged and magnetic energy is converted to kinetic energy, thermal energy, and particle acceleration. (SOURCE: Wikipedia).

Here's a small video on it by NASA:

NASA-Magnetic Reconnection

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