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Humans Accidentally Created a Protective Bubble Around Earth

Original story at The Atlantic• 29 mentions • 3 months ago

The Atlantic 3 months ago

 
The next time someone says you’re living in a bubble, remind them that we all are. A pair of NASA space probes have detected an artificial bubble around Earth that forms when radio communications from the ground interact with high-energy radiation particles in space, the agency announced this week. The bubble forms a protective barrier around Earth, shielding the planet from potentially dangerous space weather, like solar flares and other ejections from the sun. Earth already has its own protective bubble, a magnetosphere stretched by powerful solar winds. The artificial bubble that NASA found is an accident, an unintended result ...
 
 
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28 May
Sarah Howard @sarhoward
RT @TheAtlantic: Humans accidentally created an artificial protective bubble around Earth, @marinakoren reports https://t.co/wqB6Bpl7l7 htt…
28 May
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23 May
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21 May
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20 May
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20 May
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19 May
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19 May
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19 May
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19 May
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19 May
Jim Dalrymple II @JimDalrympleII
Human radio communications have accidentally created a protective bubble around the earth https://t.co/JkrOLxFP0J
18 May
Sue Leschine @sueleschine
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18 May
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18 May
Simon Delagrave @sdelagrave
RT @edyong209: Goddamn earthlings, living in their bubble https://t.co/CQgKYnjWI1
18 May
Per Koch @perkoch
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18 May
Physics Today @PhysicsToday
Radio waves used for communications make their way into the upper atmosphere and, after interacting with cosmic... https://t.co/4gx3TDdkMr
18 May
The Anomalist @anomalistnews
Humans Accidentally Created a Protective Bubble Around Earth https://t.co/q7j6Wmgkel #anthropocene h/t @TheAtlantic
18 May
Megan Garber @megangarber
Love this, from @marinakoren: humans' desire to communicate with each other may be physically protecting the planet https://t.co/rrBCC1GBVJ
18 May
Mike Spear @mikesgene
RT @edyong209: Goddamn earthlings, living in their bubble https://t.co/fRH3EHOwwh
18 May
Ed Yong @edyong209
Goddamn earthlings, living in their bubble https://t.co/CQgKYnjWI1