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What is the Van Allen belt?

1376 day(s) ago

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That's a radiation belt around the Earth.

Here's a better description than I could give:

"A radiation belt is a layer of energetic charged particles that is held in place around a magnetized planet, such as the Earth, by the planet's magnetic field. The Earth has two such belts and sometimes others may be temporarily created. The discovery of the belts is credited to James Van Allen and as a result the Earth's belts bear his name. The main belts extend from an altitude of about 1,000 to 60,000 kilometers above the surface in which region radiation levels vary. Most of the particles that form the belts are thought to come from solar wind and other particles by cosmic rays."

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DixieRock
1374 day(s) ago

Kravenhead
1373 day(s) ago
Yay!

I wonder if there are Van Allen suspenders?

DixieRock
1372 day(s) ago

 
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