Astronomy: force fields in spaaaace!

Our planet is protected by a real life force shield much like the fiction deflector shield on Star Trek.

This magnetic field is called the Van Allen belts after its discover. James Van Allen made this discovery over sixty years ago at the dawn of the space age.

Scientist are startled to find a very complex 3 belt structure. Probes have found the innermost shield stops the most dangerous and energetic electrons from reaching Earth. They even protector astronauts in near Earth orbit. This mysterious force allows in normal light and has no harmful effects. Scientists won’t say it so I will: “thank you God!”

Astronomy Magazine, April 2015, page 18


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