Scientists have confirmed a space hurricane hovering high over the North Pole, the Daily Mail reports. Scientists for the first time got a glimpse of a phenomenon they believe is orbiting all the planets. The research team led by Shandong University in China made the announcement after analyzing the mass of a swirl of plasma 621 miles wide that was observed hundreds of miles above the North Pole, the Daily Mail reported.
There is a space hurricane over the North Pole
According to the Daily Mail, the researchers observed a large auroral spot shaped like a cyclone with a nearly zero flow center and a strong circular horizontal plasma flow and scissors, all of which are found in cyclones in the lower atmosphere. Space hurricanes rained electrons instead of raining down on water. The space hurricane moved in a counterclockwise direction like a terrestrial hurricane in the Northern Hemisphere and lasted for nearly eight hours until it finally collapsed.
Professor Mike Lockwood, a space scientist at the University of Reading, told the Daily Mail that tornadoes could be a global phenomenon on planets and moons with magnetic fields and plasmas. He said that so far it has not been confirmed that space plasma tornadoes exist but the observation is incredible. Previous observations found that space hurricanes on Mars, Saturn and Jupiter resemble hurricanes in the lower atmosphere. The latest discovery is the first time a tornado has been observed in Earth’s upper atmosphere.
According to the study published in Temperate nature, “The hurricane is associated with strong energy and mass transport, so the hurricane in the Earth’s upper atmosphere must be violent and efficiently transmit the solar wind and momentum to the Earth’s ionosphere.” The researchers explain that space hurricanes open a channel for a rapid transfer of energy from space into the ionosphere and thermosphere. It will help reveal important details of space weather influences such as increased satellite clouds, disturbances in high frequency wireless communication etc.