NASA space probes discover extra belt of radiation around Earth

March 4, 2013SPACEEarth’s radiation belts were one of the first discoveries of the Space Age. A new finding published in today’s issue of Science shows that we still have much to learn about them.  NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes, launched just last August, have revealed a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth. “Even 55 years after their discovery, Earth’s radiation belts still are capable of surprising us,” said Nicky Fox, Van Allen Probes deputy project scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics  Laboratory in Laurel, Md. “We thought we knew the radiation belts, but we don’t.” Previous observations of the Van Allen belts dating back to the late 1950s have documented two distinct regions of trapped radiation surrounding our planet, known as the inner and outer radiation belts. Particle sensors aboard the twin Van Allen Probes quickly revealed to scientists the existence of a transient, third radiation belt.  Scientists observed the third belt for four weeks before a powerful interplanetary shock wave from the sun annihilated it. Each of the two Van Allen Probes carries an identical set of five instrument suites that allow scientists to gather data on the belts in unprecedented detail. Key data for this discovery came from the Relativistic Electron Proton Telescope (REPT) instrument, part of the probes’ Energetic Particle, Composition, and Thermal Plasma Suite (ECT).  “This is the first time we have had such high-resolution instruments look at time, space and energy together in the outer belt,” says Daniel Baker, lead author of the study and REPT instrument lead at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado in Boulder. “Previous observations of the outer radiation belt resolved it as a single blurry element. When we turned REPT on just two days after launch, we clearly saw the new belt and a [gap] between it and the outer belt.” –NASA
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2 Responses to NASA space probes discover extra belt of radiation around Earth

  1. Irene C says:

    Fascinating. So they discovered it then it was annihilated. So was it always there or does it come and go? It will be amazing to hear further information on this.


  2. Lou Musacchio says:

    Sounds suspicious! All this time and no one ever noticed. I see they see it appeared and then was taken out by a solar event. Maybe that belt was man made?


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