Something will occur high above your head during the time you are reading this essay, something many scientists did not believe until recently. According to NASA Science, at a distance of 150 million kilometers between them, a magnetic gateway will open, linking the Earth and the Sun.
Thousands of high-energy particles will travel through this gap until it closes about the time you reach the bottom of the page.
According to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s space physicist David Seebeck, it’s known as a “flux transfer event” or “FTE.” “I was certain they didn’t exist in 1998, but the evidence today proves me wrong.”
Indeed, in 2008, David Seebeck confirmed their existence and presented his findings at an international conference of space physicists in Huntsville, Alabama, during a plasma seminar.
NASA has verified that the Sun-Earth portals occur every 8 minutes.
The Earth and the Sun are thought to be linked for a long time by scientists. High-energy particles from the Sun reach the Earth’s magnetosphere (the magnetic bubble that surrounds our planet) via the solar wind, piercing the planet’s magnetic shielding.
“We used to believe this link was permanent, and that the solar wind might infiltrate into near-Earth space whenever it was active,” Seebeck adds.
“We were completely mistaken. The linkages aren’t random, and they’re unaffected by flares or the rate at which solar particles move. Every 8 minutes, these portals open.
The formation of these gateways was discussed by scientists:
The Earth’s magnetic field is pushed against the magnetic field of the Sun on the dayside of the Earth (the side nearest to the Sun).
These two fields temporarily combine or “reunite” around every eight minutes, creating a gateway through which particles may travel. The portal is shaped like a magnetic cylinder that spans the whole Earth’s diameter.
Four ESA Cluster spacecraft and five NASA THEMIS probes passed in and around these cylinders, measuring their diameters and recording particles passing through.
“They are real,” Seebeck claims.
Scientists may use these data to model portals in their computers and anticipate their behavior now that Cluster and THEMIS have investigated gateways firsthand.
At a seminar, University of New Hampshire space physicist Jimmy Rader demonstrated one of these models. He explained to his colleagues that cylindrical portals develop above the equator and travel over the Earth’s winter pole:
The Sun-Earth portals travel across the North Pole in December. The Sun’s and Earth’s portals cross the South Pole in July.
“I believe there are two types of portals: active and passive,” Seebeck thinks.
Active portals are magnetic cylinders that allow particles to flow through them very readily and are key energy conductors for the Earth’s magnetosphere.
The interior structure of passive portals prevents such a light flow of particles and fields (Active FTEs are formed at equatorial latitudes when the IMF is directed to the south; passive FTEs are formed at higher latitudes when the IMF is directed to the north).
Seebeck has computed the characteristics of passive FTEs and urges his colleagues to search the THEMIS and Cluster data for indications of their presence.
“Passive FTEs may or may not be significant, but we can’t be certain until we learn more about them.”
Numerous questions remain unanswered: What causes portals to appear every eight minutes? Inside a cylinder, how can magnetic fields twist and curl?
Seebeck adds, “We’re debating it.”
Meanwhile, a new gateway linking our planet to the sun is opening high over your head. What is the difference between data reception and data transmission?
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