However, this magnetic field is resilient. At some point, many miles past the earth, the magnetic field reconnects. Where exactly this reconnection takes place is unknown. So, NASA is sending five satellites up on a Delta 2 rocket to figure out where this happens - and that's the launch I will see tomorrow. Pretty cool.
Now, you ask, how do I know all of this?? Well, today I attended the NASA briefing on it (yes, it's obvious I dressed up and was not hung over).
Anyway, while I was there I got to listen to a lot of smart people talk about a bunch of stuff I don't really understand (kind of reminded me of when I sit in on the Topix engineering meetings):
All in all, a great day. Really learned a lot and can't wait for tomorrow's launch. Thanks Rob!!