Scientists from China recently discovered a space hurricane for the first time ever above the North pole.
- Previously, it was believed, space hurricanes were a theoretical phenomenon.
- As per their report, the hurricane measured roughly 600 miles across and rained down charged electrons for as long as eight hours.
- The space hurricane spun counterclockwise at speeds up to 4,700 miles per hour, the academic paper reported.
- The hurricane was reported in space directly above the North Pole.
- The new finding could help scientists learn more about how the Sun affects Earth’s atmosphere, gathering more details on how space weather might harm satellites and other objects in orbit.
- They are thought to be a result of the solar wind and Earth’s magnetic field interacting.
- It is a huge, funnel-like, spiral geomagnetic storm that occurs above the polar Ionosphere of Earth, during extremely quiet conditions.
- They are related to the aurora borealis phenomenon, as the electron precipitation from the storm’s funnel produces gigantic, cyclone-shaped auroras.
- They are made up of plasmas, consisting of extremely hot ionized gases that rotate at extremely high speeds.