Scientists solve a decades-old mystery in the Earth's upper atmosphere

From the University of California – Los Angeles New research published in the journal Nature resolves decades of scientific controversy over the origin of the extremely energetic particles known as ultra-relativistic electrons in the Earth’s near-space environment and is likely to influence our understanding of planetary magnetospheres throughout the universe. Advertisements


Transient Van Allen radiation belt discovered

From the University of California – Los Angeles How did a third radiation belt appear in the Earth’s upper atmosphere? Since the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belts in in the Earth’s upper atmosphere in 1958, space scientists have believed that these belts consisted of two doughnut-shaped rings of highly charged particles — an…

Mysterious 'electron stash' found hidden among Van Allen belts

You’d think the science on the Van Allen Radiation belts was long ago considered “settled science”. Nope. And yet, while we discover new things like this, some insist we fully understand all aspects of the workings of Earth’s climate. Instruments detect never-before-seen phenomenon in Earth’s Magnetosphere The belts are a pair of donut shaped zones…