Nasa Discovers New Radiation Belt Around Earth

NASA Discovers New Radiation Belt Around Earth.

NASA Discovers New Radiation Belt Around Earth

Giant solar eruption on on the sun on Aug. 31, 2012 by NASA's SDO spacecraft.

A radiation mystery

It remains uncertain how this temporary radiation belt arose. Van Allen mission scientists suspect it was likely created by the solar wind tearing away the outer Van Allen belt.

“It looks like its existence may have been bookended by solar disturbances,” Baker said.

Future study of the Van Allen belts can reveal if such temporary rings of radiation are common or rare.

“Do these occur frequently, or did we get lucky and see a very rare circumstance that happens only once in a while?” Baker said. “And what other unusual revelations might come now that we are really looking at these radiation belts with new, modern tools?”

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