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Wilf James asked the Naked Scientists: I have often heard in talks about the sun that sometimes magnetic fields snap like breaking elastic bands.I don't know where this simile comes from but I can't connect it with any of my experiences with electricity and magnetism in 70 -odd years.Then, after watching a series of talks and interviews on YouTube about Richard Feynman I began to wonder if I had missed something.Is it possible for your kitchen scientists to see if a magnetic field can be broken like a failing elastic band?Wilf What do you think?
The usual terminology is "magnetic reconnection".
why reconnect ??