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I have seen a few interesting sites about solar winds causing auroras, a phenomena that can be reproduced artificially when particles are ejected into a magnetic field. I did not find one important bit of information to make things clearer: I know that a magnetic field diverts moving charged particles, and opposite charges are diverted in opposite directions. Does that mean that the Aurora Borealis (Northern) and the Australis (Southern) are caused, one by electrons and one by protons? If yes, there is a possibility to build a strong and light magnet aboard a spacecraft: it will separate moving particles of opposite charges and will behave more like a "Solar-powered battery". Not to mention, of-course, this will act just like the Earth's magnetosphere and will protect the astronauts from the solar wind! The question remaining: How much power can this "Battery" generate?
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