02.01.2020 - 13:20 [ ScienceMag.org ]

Magnetic Reconnection in the Near Venusian Magnetotail


Observations with the Venus Express magnetometer and low-energy particle detector revealed magnetic field and plasma behavior in the near-Venus wake that is symptomatic of magnetic reconnection, a process that occurs in Earth’s magnetotail but is not expected in the magnetotail of a nonmagnetized planet such as Venus.