Scientists have discovered an invisible shield that surrounds Earth and they are comparing it to the force field seen in the movie and TV show “Star Trek.” This invisible shield sits roughly 7,200 miles above the Earth’s surface and it seems to come and go as the weather in space changes, according to Front Line Desk on Nov. 27.
While the force field’s origin baffles scientists, they do understand its purpose, or at least one of the reasons it was formed. The shield keeps the killer electrons from bombarding Earth. These electrons have been known to threaten astronauts in space, knock out and literally fry satellites.
If the electrons were to hit Earth on a large scale the power grids could be knocked out and they could radically change the Earth’s climate. They could even drive up the rate of cancer. They travel near the speed of light as they aim towards Earth and if a space system or satellite is in its path they raise havoc on the technology within.
Back over a half a century ago scientists discovered radiation belts that surround the Earth. In 1958 the Van Allen radiation belts were discovered circling the Earth. There’s an inner and outer radiation belt which extends to about 25,000 miles above the Earth’s surface. The latest ring, which acts as a force field, is between these two Van Allen radiation belts, according to The Inquisitr today.
This transient ring is unlike the Van Allen belts because it comes and goes with the intensity of space weather. It appears to block the ultra-fast electrons from coming any closer to Earth. Professor Daniel Baker from the University of Colorado Boulder said, “It is almost like these electrons are running into a glass wall in space.” Baker goes on to say:
“It’s an extremely puzzling phenomenon.”
This latest discovery blew the original thinking on these electron’s journey right out of the water. It was thought that the electron, which travel at the speed of 100,000 miles per second, would just drift downward slowly into the Earth’s atmosphere. Now it is known those electrons don’t make it anywhere close to Earth as the newly discovered impenetrable barrier stops the electrons.
Baker and his group of researchers found this new invisible force field between the Van Allen radiation belts, which are described as “two doughnut-shaped rings above the Earth filled with high-energy electrons and protons.” These rings swell and shrink in a response to incoming energy disturbances coming from the sun. The newly discovered ring, which acts like a force field, discovered in the space between the two Van Allen rings just appears when the space weather gets intense and the Earth needs protection.
This latest discovery will have scientists wondering about its origin and research around the unnamed “Star Trek”-like force field.