Nasa Discovers How Particle Barrier Protects Earth From 'Monster' Space Weather

March 7, 2014 9:53 AM

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Nasa scientists have revealed how in certain circumstances a pool of dense particles which circle Earth can extend out to form a barrier against incoming solar material.

Within the gigantic system which connects Earth to the sun, solar material streams towards earth and the magnetic bubble around the planet. The particles, deep inside the Earth's magnetosphere, stretch out a "long arm" to protect from the flying debris.

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