June 14, 2024

A ‘hole in space’ over part of Brazil is causing concern in the scientific community

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A ‘hole in space’ over part of Brazil is causing concern in the scientific community

When a cosmic anomaly is identified by astronomers, the scientific community is on high alert. Especially when these phenomena are captured and published by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States, the famous NASA.

Recently, a new disturbance has been identified, this time in the Earth’s magnetic field, which is essentially a shield that surrounds the planet and prevents us from being “fried” by gamma-ray storms or by an increased incidence of ultraviolet radiation, for example.

This time, scientists have identified a kind of “hole” in the magnetic field, essentially an area where it is weaker. According to the astronomers responsible for the discovery, this weak region is located between South America and Africa, over the Atlantic Ocean.

According to NASA, responsible for spreading the “bad news”, the “hole” is not as dangerous as it seems at first glance, but it does inspire interest. This anomaly has even damaged the orbit of satellites passing through the area.

Still, according to experts, what can be done at present is to observe the anomaly and try to understand it. Preliminary studies suggest that the change may have been caused by the interaction between the magnetic field and reservoirs of dense rocks in the plate tectonics present in the region.

To date, magnetic anomalies have not been shown to be dangerous to life on Earth. Even the use of electronic devices and communication devices has not been interfered with, with the exception of some satellites, as mentioned above.

While some researchers brag about the discovery, others claim that this “hole in space” already existed even before humanity appeared on the planet, being something harmless.

In any case, NASA assures that it will continue to monitor the behavior of the magnetic field, in order to search for early solutions to potential dangers to humanity.

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