Nov 05, 2016 04:56 AM EDT

Crack In Earth’s Magnetic Field Alerts Scientists

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The Earth's magnetic field which protects our planet from cosmic radiation has been breached and scientists are investigating how severe the crack was. A massive galactic cosmic burst in India was recorded last June 22 in India by the GRAPES-3 muon telescope, the largest cosmic ray monitoring system.

The recorded crack in the Earth's magnetic field occurred for two hours with highly energized energy particles broke through the magnetosphere travelling close to the speed of light. These rays are very strong and can easily penetrate the hulls of space ships, posing a danger to spacemen.

Reviewing the events leading to this incident in India, scientists discovered that a cloud of oversized plasma exploded from the Sun's outer layer called the corona and sent cosmic rays to the Earth at the speed of 2.5 kilometers per hour. This is a normal occurrence and such radiation waves are usually prevented by the Earth's magnetic field from penetrating the atmosphere of the planet.

In the event in India, the cosmic radiation cause geometric storm that cause radio signal outage in polar countries in North and South America. The storm caused the formation of aurora borealis in the atmosphere, which may indicate a breach in the Earth's magnetic field.

Scientists made laboratory simulation of the conditions in the July 22 India incident and concluded that the Earth's magnetic field has been breached causing radio signals to behave erratically haywire in areas near the poles. The Earth's magnetosphere may have been temporarily reshaped by the powerful rays and that there are now cracks or weakened spots in the Earth's protective layer.

Scientists continue to be on the lookout for similar occurrences since the latest crack in the Earth's magnetic field means that magnetic rays can breach and reshape the protective layer that surrounds the Earth. Only research can provide the data that can provide a solution to the problem.

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