Magnetic Portals

November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm | Posted in Science, Space, Strange | Leave a comment

Interesting discovery on the science front. We used to think the solar wind brought us various particles from the sun. Turns out its not a generally constant flow but rather inconstantly in brief bursts.

“During the time it takes you to read this article, something will happen high overhead that until recently many scientists didn’t believe in. A magnetic portal will open, linking Earth to the sun 93 million miles away. Tons of high-energy particles may flow through the opening before it closes again, around the time you reach the end of the page.”

“It’s called a flux transfer event or ‘FTE'”

No less than 9 space probes have studied this behaviour so its quite confirmed.

Some of the questions that remain – why every 8 minutes? Why do they coil?
Fascinating stuff.

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