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A “space hurricane” has been observed above Earth for the first time ever

A "space hurricane" has been observed above Earth for the first time ever

Scientists said that the first “space hurricane” was seen orbiting over Earth.

The 600-mile-wide mass of plasma appeared hundreds of miles above the North Pole. According to a study in Nature Communications.

“Until now, it has not been confirmed that space plasma tornadoes exist, so proving it with such an amazing observation is unbelievable,” said Mike Lockwood, a space scientist at the University of Reading and co-author of the study. statement.

The scene was captured by satellite in August 2014, but was only recently discovered during research led by scientists from Shandong University in China.

The researchers said the space cyclone “showered” electrons instead of water, had multiple spiral arms and lasted eight hours before gradually erupting.

“Tropical storms are associated with tremendous amounts of energy,” Lockwood said. “These space hurricanes must be created by the large and rapid transfer of solar wind energy and charged particles to the Earth’s upper atmosphere.”

Schematic diagram of a space cyclone and its formation mechanism
Schematic diagram of a space cyclone and its formation mechanism
University of Reading / Nature.com

Lockwood said the detection of a “space hurricane” during a period of low engineering activity indicates that it may be a common phenomenon.

“Plasmas and magnetic fields in the atmosphere of planets are present throughout the universe, so the results indicate that space hurricanes should be a widespread phenomenon,” he said.

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