Hidden Portals in Earth’s Magnetic Field
July 4, 2012 1 Comment
Jack Scudder, a researcher at the University of Iowa has apparently found portals on Earth’s magnetic field that he believes “open and closes dozens of times each day.” Some of these portals are open for extended periods of time as well.
The portals are called X-Points or electron diffusion regions, and they are located a few thousand kilometers from Earth. The portals supposedly create an uninterrupted path from our own planet leading to the sun’s atmosphere 93 million miles away. The portals are created through a process of magnetic reconnection in which lines of magnetic force from both celestial bodies mingle and then criss-cross through space creating the X-points.
Using data from NASA’s Polar spacecraft, which studied Earth’s magnetosphere, Scudder says that he and his team have “found five simple combinations of magnetic field and energetic particle measurements that tell us when we’ve come across an X-point or an electron diffusion region.” A single spacecraft with proper instruments can make these measurements.
NASA is getting four spacecraft together as part of their Mangnetospheric Multiscale Mission that will be deployed around Earth to observe how these portals work. The spacecraft mission is set to launch in 2014.