‘Star Trek-like shields’: New radiation belt protects Earth from ‘killer electrons’

November 29, 2014 4:40 PM

13 0

‘Star Trek-like shields’: New radiation belt protects Earth from ‘killer electrons’

Surrounded by radiation belts, Earth is being protected by an invisible shield that stops high-speed “killer electrons,” scientists have found after taking a closer look at the Van Allen belt 7,200 miles above our planet.

“Somewhat like the shields created by force fields on Star Trek that were used to repel alien weapons, we are seeing an invisible shield blocking these electrons,” the study’s lead author, Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics explained. “It’s an e...

Also read: Johnny Depp Is Forbes' Most Overpaid Actor, Again

Read more

To category page

Loading...