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Scientists Shed New Light About “Space Hurricanes”

Credit: Qing-He Zhang, Shandong University

Last year, scientists discovered the existence of “space hurricanes,” which have a diameter of more than 600 miles and a calm center.

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The hurricanes seem terrifying as they have multiple arms that rotate clockwise.

After studying more than 300 space hurricanes between 2005 and 2016, scientists have learned about where, when, and how they form.

First, those hurricanes can spin for eight hours and occur at high latitudes near the North Pole.

Moreover, they formed at periods of “low solar and geomagnetic activity” and most often occurred during summer afternoons.

A space physicist at UCLA, Larry Lyons, explained space hurricanes existed when nobody thought anything was happening.

In short, he said, “It’s just a matter of opening your eyes.”

We could spot a space hurricane if we were located around 80 degrees north latitude near the North Pole.

Besides, astronauts could also see them from the International Space Station.

You may also be wondering what kind of impact they could possibly have.

The good thing is space hurricanes don’t give a huge risk to human or spacecraft health.

However, they can still affect satellite navigation and communication systems.

Therefore, a professor at the Institute of Space Science and Physics in China, Qing-He Zhang, said aircraft companies need to add space hurricanes for external factors when flying polar routes.

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Reananda Hidayat Permono
Reananda Hidayat Permono
Completed his Master of Science - MS, Petroleum Geology from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

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