The Earth's Magnetic Shield Cracked, Are We Doomed?

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We have good news and bad news, Earthlings: First the bad news: According to recently disclosed data from the GRAPES-3 muon telescope in India, the Sun spit out a ginormous mass coronal ejection in June of last year that essentially cracked the Earth's magnetic field. As a result, some cosmic radiation leaked through.

The good news is that the crack was temporary, the cosmic radiation was (mostly) absorbed by particles in the atmosphere, and everything should be fine down here in the troposphere. 




However, a similar solar storm could be trouble for astronauts in orbit - on the International Space Station, say. Intrepid explorers Trace Dominguez and Julian Huguet have the details in DNews report.

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Earth's Magnetic Field

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