Space hurricane raged over the North Pole
It is the first time that such a phenomenon has been observed. Instead of rain, the cyclone sprayed electrons over an area of more than 1,000 square kilometers.
Under the leadership of the Chinese scientist Qing-He Zhang from Shandong University, an international team of researchers has published the discovery of a space cyclone. The storm, which consisted of swirling plasma clouds, raged for eight hours on August 20, 2014 in the Earth’s upper atmosphere, the so-called ionosphere from around 80 kilometers in height, and scattered huge amounts of electrons.
The ionosphere reaches its greatest electron density at an altitude of around 300 kilometers and goes into space.