A HUGE crack has been detected in the Earth’s magnetic shield, leaving the people of Earth vulnerable to cosmic radiation, scientists have warned.
From analysing data from the GRAPES-3 muon telescope in Ooty, India, experts have concluded that the magnetosphere has come under such heavy bombardment in recent years that it weakening.
On June 22, 2015, there was a massive burst of galactic cosmic rays which traumatised the Earth’s magnetic shield for two hours.
Roughly 40 hours before the Earth was bombarded by cosmic rays, the sun ejected a giant cloud of plasma which caused high energy radiation to strike the Earth’s magnetosphere at 2.5 million kilometres per hour.
The storm wreaked havoc on technology with radio signal blackouts reported in North and South America.
However, it is not until now that scientists have been able to understand the full extent of the damage caused by the storm.
Experts from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in India ran several simulations based on the data from the telescope and found that the magnetosphere had been cracked for a little while on the day.