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Mysterious interferences at Earth’s poles are being investigated

Something unusual is interfering with technology at the Earth’s poles, and scientists are now determined to find out what is behind this mysterious phenomenon.

Mysterious interferences at Earth's poles are being investigated
Solar wind flowing around the Earth’s magnetosphere, channeled at the poles. Credit: NASA

Why are devices using radio or satellite connections malfunctioning above the north and south poles?

NASA wants to launch three missions to investigate the North Polar Cusp, a space funnel that can give a clue to explain the strange phenomenon.

The three missions are part of the Grand Challenge Initiative – Cusp, a series of nine rocket missions exploring the polar cusp.

Every second, 1.5 million tons of solar material is launched from the sun into space, traveling at hundreds of kilometers per second. Known as the solar wind, this incessant flow of plasma or electrified gas has hit the earth for over 4 billion years. Thanks to the magnetic field of our planet, it is diverted away. But go north, and you will find the exception.

Mark Conde, space physicist at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, said:

Most of the earth is protected from the solar wind. But very close to the poles, in the midday sector, our magnetic field becomes a funnel where the solar wind can reach the atmosphere.

Are the polar cusps or something else responsible for the phenomenon?

These funnels, known as polar cusps, can cause some problems. The influx of solar wind disturbs the atmosphere, disrupting satellites and radio and GPS signals.

The northern polar cusp also has a dense atmosphere, and this can be a real problem for our spaceship.

Earl, the mission’s principal investigator at Cusp Region Experiment-2, or CREX-2, reported:

A small extra mass 320 kilometers away may seem like a big problem. But the change in pressure associated with this increase in mass density, if it occurred at ground level, would cause a stronger continuous hurricane than anything seen in the weather records.

This additional mass creates problems for ships flying through it, such as the many satellites that follow a polar orbit. Passing through the dense region can shake their trajectories, making close encounters with other spacecraft or orbital debris more risky.

A small change of a few hundred meters can make the difference between having to do an evasive or not.

Norwegian space physicist Jøran Moen, who leads the Cusp Irregularities-5, intended to measure turbulence and distinguish it from electric waves.

He said:

Turbulence is one of the most difficult questions of classical physics. We really don’t know what it is because we don’t have direct measurements yet

Moen compares the turbulence to the whirlwinds that form when rivers run around rocks. When the atmosphere gets turbulent, the GPS and communication signals that pass through it can be distorted, sending unreliable signals to the airplanes and ships that depend on them.

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Halloween 2020 is expected to have a full moon that hasn’t been seen since World War II

Photo: NASA / Kim Shiflett

Astronomers claim that the full moon on October 31 will be visible throughout the world with the exception of parts of Australia.

In 2020, the world’s population is waiting for a very unusual phenomenon that will be seen in almost all corners of the planet as reported by Cnet.

According to experts, this year on Halloween (October 31), the full moon will rise and will be visible to the whole world. Such an event will happen for the first time since the Second World War.

Astronomy expert Geoffrey Hunt says the last full moon seen on the entire planet occurred in 1944. He notes that there was also a full moon on Halloween in 1955, but was not visible to residents of western North America and the western Pacific.

In the same year, residents of North and South America, India, all of Europe and most of Asia will see the full moon for the holiday. Also, the full moon will be visible in Western Australia, but not in the central and eastern parts of the country.

Scientists remind that in its full phase the moon will be visible to the naked eye, but for high-quality images, you still have to use additional equipment.

“Photos of the moon with a smartphone are likely to be substandard. A telephoto lens will help you capture the moon in all its glory. Adjust the camera brightness so details are visible and not drowned out by the brightness of the moon,” Hunt says.

He also emphasizes that the next full moon, which will be visible from all corners of the planet, will not happen soon – in 2039.

“Of course, in the coming years, the full moon will be in October, but not on Halloween,” the expert notes.

A full moon on Halloween is a rare coincidence. We will be able to enjoy it very soon.

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A tourist found a thousand-legged creepy beast washed up on the coast of Wales

A traveler walked along the coast of the Irish Sea in Wales and found a creature similar to the mythical Cthulhu – with a thousand tentacles and a keen interest in people.

The man was preparing to call the ufologists, but the Internet suggested: you need not be afraid, but rejoice, because the monster costs a fortune. The sea world still remains largely unknown for the inhabitants of the land, and in fact there is a lot of interesting things in it: from an iguana that looks like a real Godzilla to real mutants. True, according to The Sun, the underwater kingdom still has something to surprise people with.

A tourist named Martin Green was vacationing with his family in North Wales on the coast of the Irish Sea and one evening decided to walk with his son along the water. The man was walking slowly along the shore when he saw an unusual creature on the sand. At first, Green decided that he saw a large snag from a fallen tree, then, approaching it, he thought that it was a piece of a large fin that washed ashore, but here Martin was not right. When the travelers approached the find, they felt uneasy – a large and living creature with thousands of tentacles looked at them.

Looking closely, the man saw that the find consists of many white many-legged shells. Perhaps at first Martin was ready to call Scully and Mulder, but the internet helped him figure out what was going on. Green’s son uploaded a photo of the unknown creature to Google and realized that he and his father were very lucky. It turned out that the creepy sea creatures are the so-called Gooseneck Barnacles, crustaceans. They live by attaching themselves to hard surfaces, usually rocks.

Martin and his son were lucky not only because they personally saw unusual creatures, but also because the find could enrich a family. In Portugal and Spain, shells are considered a delicacy and are sold for £ 25 apiece. Considering that, according to the family’s estimates, there were about two thousand shells on the snag found on the snag, the potential cost of the find is about 50 thousand pounds. Green did not elaborate on how he was going to deal with the shells – send them back to the ocean or sell them to Spain.

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Experts have found a strange object in orbit after the launch of the Chinese “reusable spacecraft”

China’s recently launched potentially reusable spacecraft has returned home. As it became known, before that, a certain object was disconnected from it, the purpose of which is unknown.

One of the most intriguing “space” news of the past week was China’s launch of a potentially reusable spacecraft. The launch was carried out on Friday using the Changzheng-2F launch vehicle. The airspace closure notice issued the day before was the only clue to the timing and nature of the mission.

Now, as far as can be judged, it has been successfully completed. The boarding took place on Sunday as scheduled, according to a brief state press release.

No images or details of the “experimental reusable spacecraft” were provided. “The successful flight marked an important breakthrough for the country in reusable spacecraft research and is expected to provide convenient and affordable transportation for peaceful uses of space,” Xinhua writes.

Launch of the carrier rocket "Changzheng-2F" / © Andy Wong
Launch of the carrier rocket “Changzheng-2F” / © Andy Wong

Now the situation has become even more confusing. According to SpaceNews, the vehicle released an unknown object before descending from low Earth orbit. The US Space Observing Network has cataloged the new object, designated NORAD ID 46395 (2020-063G COSPAR ID), assigning it to the Long March 2F launch. The experimental spacecraft entered orbit 331 by 347 kilometers with an inclination of 50.2 degrees: the new object is in orbit 332 by 348 kilometers with a similar inclination.

Analysts speculate that the object was released two orbits before the experimental spacecraft left orbit. Neither China nor the United States provide any details about the nature of the object.

Earlier photographs of the Shenlong winged spacecraft suspended under the fuselage of the H-6 carrier aircraft, which is the Chinese version of the Soviet Tu-16 multipurpose aircraft, may shed light on the situation. So far, however, there is no confirmation of the connection between it and the recent launch of Changzheng-2F.

The prototype of the winged spacecraft "Shenlong" / © livejournal
The prototype of the winged spacecraft “Shenlong” / © livejournal

Let us also recall that now China is actively developing a new generation of manned spacecraft. The first flight test of the spacecraft was also the first successful launch of the Long March-5B rocket, a variant of the Long March 5 designed to launch heavy loads into orbit. It is assumed that the new ship will be used to supply a promising Chinese orbital station.

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