June 13, 2024

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Something strange is happening with the tail of Earth’s magnetic field

Something strange is happening with the tail of Earth’s magnetic field

You may not know this, however Earth’s magnetic field He has a tail. like the sun‘s Solar wind When it hits the planet, it leaves behind a kind of long shadow that tracks over our planet. Scientists appropriately call this magnetotail. The magnetotail is usually full of magnetic storms.

But over the past several years, scientists have learned of a secret surrounding the magnetotail: a missing storm. They found the distinct sign of a storm, but there was no actual storm to accompany it. NASA‘s Multiscale magnetosphere (MMS) The task is now in the case.