Comet Catalina is currently experiencing a magnetic storm

There is currently a magnetic storm hitting Comet Catalina.

The storm is clearly visible in the sinuous blue ion tail of C/2013 US10 as giant blobs of plasma are forming as shown in this awesome picture captured by Michael Jäger on December 11, 2015.

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This plasma blob form as a result of magnetic storms on the tail of Comet Catalina. Picture by Michael Jäger

Plasma blobs in comet´s tails are a sign of stormy space weather which frequently form in response to CMEs and gusts of solar wind.

In extreme cases, a comet’s tail can be completely torn off.

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The original picture by Michael Jäger showing Comet Catalina, its two tail and the plama blobs.

As during terrestrial geomagnetic storms, magnetic fields around a comet bump into oppositely-directed magnetic fields in a CME.

The resulting burst of magnetic energy can make waves, blobs, or even ruptures in the comet’s tail. In contrast, when CMEs hit Earth amazing, they power amazing aurora borealis or australis.

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