Damaging electric currents in space affect Earth's equatorial region, not just the poles
February 16, 2018
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(THE CONVERSATION) The Earth’s magnetic field – known as the “magnetosphere” – protects our atmosphere from the “solar wind.” That’s the constant stream of charged particles flowing outward from the sun. When the magnetosphere shields Earth from these solar particles, they get funneled toward the polar regions of our atmosphere.
As the particles crash into the atmosphere’s ionospheric layer, light is given off, creating beautiful multicolored displays of aurora...