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Electron Rain

2 April 2022

At https://phys.org/news/2022-03-source-super-fast-electron.html … it seems Electric Universe ideas are catching on. Rather, they are being verified by research. UCLA scientists say they have discovered a new source of superfast energetic electrons raining down on Earth. These are thought to contribute to the aurorae. Researchers observed rapid ‘electron precipitation’ from low earth orbit using the instruments of the ELFIN mission, a pair of tiny satellites built and operated on the UCLA campus. Combining ELFIN data with observatons from NASAs THEMIS spacecraft they determined the electron rain was caused by ‘whistle waves’, electro-magnetic waves that ripple through plasma in space. Electrons spill over earth’s magnetosphere and infiltrate earth’s atmosphere.

Central to the chain of events in the Near Earth environs, which is filled with charged particles orbiting in great rings around our planet, are the Van Allen radiation belts. Electrons in these belts travel in spirals that bounce between the north and south poles. Under certain conditions so called Whistler waves generated within the Van Allen  belts, energise and speed up electrons. This leads to the electrons travel path stretching  out and therefore spilling out of the radiation belts and they rain down on the atmosphere.

During geomagnetic storms, such as incoming CMEs or plumes of plasma in the solar wind striking the Van Allen belts, the loss of electrons is much greater. The more powerful the CME the more electrons rain down on the earth. Space is inextricably linked to our upper atmosphere. As this involves the Sun, which sends the plumes of solar wind throughout the solar system, one has to wonder if climate is affected. If so, it is not incorporated into climate models. Is this why they are almost always wrong? Is co2 overrated, an idea to push the renewable agenda and creaming of subsidies? It seems we have lots to learn and science is far from settled.

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