Do Portals Exist In The Universe? NASA Explains | Spirit Earth Awakening
A flux transfer event (FTE) occurs when a magnetic portal opens in the Earth's magnetosphere through which high-energy particles flow from the Sun. NASA has turned science fiction into science fact by announcing the discovery of hidden 'portals' or 'X-points' in Earth's magnetic field formed. A magnetic portal will open, linking Earth to the sun 93 million miles away. Tons of high-energy particles may flow through the opening before it.
November 3, The spacecraft is on hand to measure the high-energy particles and fields flowing through the portal. NASA Like giant, cosmic chutes between the Earth and sun, magnetic portals open up every eight minutes or so to connect our planet with its host star.
Once the portals open, loads of high-energy particles can travel the 93 million miles million km through the conduit during its brief opening, space scientists say. Called a flux transfer event, or FTE, such cosmic connections not only exist but are possibly twice as common as anyone ever imagined, according to space scientists who attended the Plasma Workshop in Huntsville, Ala.
Dynamic bursts Researchers have long known that the Earth and sun must be connected.
For instance, particles from the sun are constantly whisked away via the solar wind and often follow magnetic field lines that connect the sun's atmosphere with terra firma. The field lines allow particles to penetrate Earth's magnetospherethe magnetic bubble that surrounds our planet.
The connections are not steady at all.
They are often brief, bursty and very dynamic. One idea is that on the side of Earth facing the sun, our magnetic field presses against the sun's magnetic field. And about every eight minutes, the two fields briefly reconnect, forming a portal through which particles can flow.
The portal takes the form of a magnetic cylinder about as wide as Earth. Tons of energetic particles can flow through the openings, heating Earth's upper atmosphere, sparking geomagnetic storms, and igniting bright polar auroras.
Hidden portals in Earth's magnetic field
Bristling with energetic particle detectors and magnetic sensors, the four spacecraft of MMS will spread out in Earth's magnetosphere and surround the portals to observe how they work. Magnetic portals are invisible, unstable, and elusive.
They open and close without warning "and there are no signposts to guide us in," notes Scudder. Actually, there are signposts, and Scudder has found them. Portals form via the process of magnetic reconnection.NASA Finds Hidden Portals In Earths Magnetic Field!
Mingling lines of magnetic force from the sun and Earth criss-cross and join to create the openings. The sudden joining of magnetic fields can propel jets of charged particles from the X-point, creating an "electron diffusion region.
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A single spacecraft, properly instrumented, can make these measurements. Mission planners long thought that MMS might have to spend a year or so learning to find portals before it could study them.
Scudder's work short cuts the process, allowing MMS to get to work without delay.