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PostSubject: Space Puzzle: What’s Behind Earth’s Mysterious New Radiation Belt?    Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:19 am

Not all that far above your head is a particle accelerator that would put the Large Hadron Collider to shame. There, charged particles, some carried in by the solar wind, some created by cosmic rays, whiz along in a complicated dance, trapped by Earth‘s magnetic field in a pair of enormous concentric rings nestled around our planet, stretching from a low of about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) above the ground to a high of 20,000 mi. (32,000 km). These cosmic donuts, known as the Van Allen radiation belts, were one of the very first discoveries of the Space Age, detected when the Geiger counters placed on NASA‘s early Explorer satellites by James Van Allen and colleagues recorded high levels of radiation.

That was in 1958. Since then, scientists who study space weather—the complex interplay of the Earth’s magnetic field and the energy and particles sloughed off by the Sun—have worked to understand how these belts form and how to predict the outer belt’s sometimes wild behavior, which can include enormous expansion or contraction over the course of a few days. Now, however, the twin Van Allen Probes, which were launched last summer and represent NASA’s latest and best-equipped mission into the radiation belts, have revealed something remarkable that has theorists shaking their heads: Mere days after the probes switched on early last September, according to a report this week’s Science, a third radiation belt appear, nestled in between the other two at about 8,000 mi. (12,700 km) up.

At first, Daniel Baker, director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado and the lead author of the paper, thought there must be some mistake. “It looks so odd, so unexpected, that I start to get a sinking feeling that maybe something’s wrong with our instruments,” he recalls. But everything was in working order, with both probes sending back identical observations. The slender third belt remained for about a month before being destroyed by a coronal mass ejection—an eruption of energy and particles from the sun that sent a shock wave racing towards Earth.



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