|CMEs are not small either...|
Recent scientific research has shown that the phenomenon of magnetic reconnection is closely associated with CMEs and solar flares. Magnetic reconnection is the name given, within magnetohydrodynamic theory, to the rearrangement of magnetic field lines when two oppositely directed magnetic fields are brought together. This rearrangement is accompanied with a sudden release of energy stored in the original stressed magnetic fields.
|Visual representation of the factors involved in a CME inlcuding Earth's defences|