A new type of aurora caused exclusively by a compression of the earth's magnetic field. Was this is the discovery of a NASA intern, which was helped by space agency scientists and analyzed videos taken from chambers of the Arctic sky's thermosphere, located between the mesosphere and the exosphere.
Jennifer Briggs, a physics student at Pepperdine University, was the first to detect the unusual dawn. As a rule, auroras are caused by particles of the sun, but in this case the sun had no relationship whatsoever.
Researchers are still uncertain about the cause of the "magnetic crisis," but take as possible a possible unprecedented storm in the region where Earth's magnetic field "finds" particles from the sun. Regardless of the cause, the mysterious compression resulted in the impressive dawn seen in the video below, observed on an island in Norway.
"This eastward, then westward, then spiraling movement is not something we have seen, nor something we understand today," Jennifer Briggs explained in a statement. press conference in early december.
Earlier this month, a team of researchers from the US Space Agency and the University of Colorado at Boulder confirmed the existence of a new type of exoplanet known as super-puffs that also puzzled NASA researchers. The discovered planets are similar in size to Jupiter's, but as far as their weight is concerned, they are nothing compared to the "giant" of our solar system.