On the Sun, conventional science says that magnetic field lines move or merge, and frequently break and reconnect. This is called magnetic reconnection, a mechanism that many solar physicists claim to be responsible for enormous, energetic solar outbursts. Recently, scientists using data from NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Spacecraft have published a paper describing the physics inside a so-called magnetic reconnection event. In this Space News, Professor Donald Scott examines these claims, and outlines the fundamental problems with magnetic reconnection from an electrical engineer’s perspective.
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