Articles | Volume 38, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-38-287-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-38-287-2020
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On the alignment of velocity and magnetic fields within magnetosheath jets

Ferdinand Plaschke, Maria Jernej, Heli Hietala, and Laura Vuorinen

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Jets of solar-wind plasma commonly hit the Earth's magnetosphere. Using data from the four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft, we show statistically that within jets the magnetic field is more aligned with the plasma flow direction than outside of these jets. Our study confirms prior simulation results, but it also shows that the average effect is moderate. The jets' magnetic field is important with respect to their impact on space weather.