Man-Made Radio Signals Have Created A Giant Bubble Around Earth

NASA Earth Radio Signals

NASA Earth Radio Signals

"A number of experiments and observations have figured out that, under the right conditions, radio communications signals in the VLF frequency range can in fact affect the properties of the high-energy radiation environment around the Earth", said Phil Erickson, Assistant Director at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Haystack Observatory, Westford, Massachusetts. According to a press release, between 1958 and 1962 the USA and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics conducted high altitude nuclear detonations. This and other huge human-made effects we are having on the planet and space environment has scientists calling for a brand new epoch named after us. While the tests have long since ended, today they continue to provide crucial information on how humans can affect space.

One of NASA's powerful Earth-observing satellites has tracked down a massive "Bubble" contiguous to the Planet Earth, and scientists have named it as "Manmade Space Weather".

This is likely because, the study argues, the radio signals are deflecting incoming solar radiation back into space before they can be captured by the Earth's magnetic field.

Bonus finding from the paper: Some types of radio waves act to create a kind of shield around the Earth that protects us from harmful radiation. But the energy from nuclear explosions created hot, electrically charged regions within the atmosphere that induced geomagnetic disturbances, and even produced radiation belts of its own.

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The latest is a bubble around the Earth, seen even by spacecraft high above Earth's surface, such as Nasa's Van Allen Probes, which, scientists say, is the impact of such radio communications that extend out beyond our atmosphere, Nasa's Van Allen Probes, which study electrons and ions in the near-Earth environment, have revealed. The Teak test, which took place on August 1, 1958, was notable for the artificial aurora that resulted.

The sun sends out millions of high-energy particles, the solar wind, which races out across the solar system before encountering Earth and its magnetosphere, a protective magnetic field surrounding the planet. The misleadingly caught charged particles stayed in critical numbers for a considerable length of time, and in one case, years. These belts can shrink down or swell up enough to damage our satellites in orbit with radiation, and now they are much further from Earth than they were a few decades ago. The radiation released from Argus alone caused an flurry of geomagnetic storms over Sweden and Arizona, according to the new study.

Atmospheric nuclear testing has long since stopped, and the present space environment remains dominated by natural phenomena.

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