Cluster Spacecraft Detects Elusive Space Wind

High Wind Weather Warning!

Scientists have found conclusive proof that space wind exists.  Space wind theory was first postulated more than 20 years ago.

Data from the European Space Agency’s Cluster spacecraft detected plasmaspheric wind.

The plasmaspheric wind helps cause the loss of the plasmasphere, a region above Earth’s atmosphere, but below the magnetoshpere.

The data shows that there is a slow but steady wind, releasing about 2.2lbs (1 kg) of plasma every second into the outer magnetosphere.  About 100 tons (90 metric tons) every day, or one aircraft carrier every 10 days!

The plasmasphere is filled with charged particles.  Scientists analyzed the properties of these charged particles to detect the wind.


The plasmasphere, the most important plasma reservoir inside the magnetosphere, plays a crucial role in governing the dynamics of Earth’s radiation belts. These present a radiation hazard to satellites and to astronauts travelling through them. The plasmasphere’s material is also responsible for introducing a delay in the propagation of GPS signals passing through it.

 

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

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