Scientists have found new data on how our planet is protected from the hazards of outer space. They discovered a new element shielding the Earth from “killer electrons”, and described it as a “Star-Trek-like shield”. This is represented by a sharp boundary in the Van Allen radiation belts, keeping the electrons away.
We live in a dangerous world. Hazardous elements of all kinds lurk out there, from damaging solar radiation to the unknown that the universe holds within itself, from heavenly bodies that might very well collide with our planet, to “killer electrons”. In spite of the presence of such monumental danger, the inhabitants of the Earth are still rocking their lives. Why, you ask. Simply because we are shielded by our protective atmosphere, and by so much more – invisible forces subjugated to guard us from harm.
A new Earth-shield is to be added to the list: a team of researchers have discovered invisible force-fields around the planet that block off “killer electrons”. The scientists have described them as being a “Star-Trek-style shield”. This real version of sci-fi movie plotlines obstructs the way of deadly electrons 11590 kilometers above our blue planet. These electrons travel at a speed comparable to that of light. They are known to damaging space electronics. They are also potentially dangerous to astronauts. Fortunately, we are not hit by them thanks to the shield that has been put into place, located in the Van Allen radiation belts, and acting as a barrier to particle motion. The radiation belts are held by the magnetic field of the Earth and are packed with high-energy electrons and protons.
One of the authors commented on the shield, comparing it to sci-fi-like inventions:
“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. It’s an extremely puzzling phenomenon.”
At the inner edge of the outer radiation belt, a sharp boundary was discovered. This boundary seems to keep electrons at bay so that they do not pierce their way through. The Van Allen belts have been under the close scrutiny of scientists in recent years. They hold particles that undergo rapid changes in terms of energy, space and time. Something tells me that there is so much more to be discovered about the Van Allen belts… Time will tell. Or not.