Initial ENA images obtained with the MENA imager on the IMAGE observatory show that ENAs emanating from Earth's magnetosphere at least crudely track both Dst and Kp. Images obtained during the storm of August 12, 2000, clearly show strong ring current asymmetry during storm main phase and early recovery phase, and a high degree of symmetry during the late recovery phase. Thus, these images establish the existence of both partial and complete ring currents during the same storm. Further, they suggest that ring current loss through the day side magnetopause dominates other loss process during storm main phase and early recovery phase.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)