Ultra-fast electrons are flowing from the Earth’s magnetic shield, and scientists think they know why.

A photo showing Van Allen radiation belts like a donut circling around the Earth, with electrons spinning through them. (Photo credit: Zhang, et al., Nature Communications, 2022)

The universe could be full of electrons tomorrow, thanks to a new discovery on Earth’s magnetic field.

It is described as an impossible, ultra-fast “melting point”, which is seen when waves of electromagnetic energy rise. Earth‘s magnetosphere – the magnetic field created by the rotation of the Earth’s head, which surrounds our Earth and shields it from sunlight. These electrons will flow from the magnetosphere and fly to Earth.

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