Space Waves

“Tsunami” by Tim Minnick


Mar 9, 2017

“Space tsunamis” interact with Earth’s electromagnetic fields.

Earth’s ionosphere is connected to the Sun by filaments of electric charge, otherwise known as Birkeland currents, so the upper levels of the atmosphere experience its direct impact. Earth possesses a plasmasphere, so it is electrically active, coupled to circuits that are part of its relationship to the Sun and to other planets and moons.

Earth’s surface electric field ranges between 50 and 200 volts per meter, since the planet is immersed in a stream of ions permeating space. Between ground and the ionosphere, called “the atmospheric electric potential”, charge flow can exceed 400,000 volts.

There is an area of peak amplitude between 100 and 200 kilometers altitude known as “the dynamo region”. This is where the greatest conductivity in Earth’s magnetic field, or its “maximum electric equipotential” exists. The largest electric charge flow along Earth’s geomagnetic equator takes place in the dynamo region.

According to a recent press release, NASA’s Van Allen Probe spacecraft discovered a type of “space weather” that acts like a magnetospheric tidal wave, also contributing to the Northern Lights. They are calling it a “space tsunami”.

Formerly known as the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP), the Van Allen satellites were launched in an effort to understand how the Sun and near-Earth space interact. They do this by interpreting the behavior of Earth’s radiation belts, and the way that high speed electrons and ions, otherwise known as plasma, are guided or confined by magnetic fields. The two spacecraft are in highly eccentric orbits, allowing them to disregard the effects of their presences in orbit, as well as filtering out spatial anomalies.

As the announcement from the University of Alberta states, the outer belt’s radiation is pushed farther into space, creating a third belt. Ian Mann, professor of physics wrote:

“Remarkably, we observed huge plasma waves…”

In an Electric Universe, electric charge separation occurs in the upper atmosphere because “tidal winds” move the ionospheric plasma against Earth’s magnetic field, inducing powerful electric fields and charge flow (electric currents). As mentioned above, the tidal wind charge effect is connected to the Sun by Birkeland currents. Earth’s rotation induces a 140,000 ampere current, with the dynamo region acting as the primary coil, while Earth is the secondary. Transformer action, along with other electromagnetic induction events, creates bands of oppositely charged plasma that move east and west around the planet, following the geomagnetic equator.

It is evident that the Sun’s electric field extends for billions of kilometers, influencing the planets in their motions, as well as how they interact with each other. Since plasma is a charged substance, in motion it generates an electric current. An electric current flowing through plasma creates a magnetic sheath along its axis. If enough current passes through the circuit, the plasma sheath will glow, sometimes creating a number of other sheaths within it. The sheath is called a “double layer”.

Earth’s connection to the Sun is moderated by those double layers. An electric field focused on the Sun accelerates charged particles: the faster they move, the stronger the field. Particle vortices carry millions of amperes into Earth’s electromagnetic environment. No instrument is yet able to measure the voltage differential across even 100 meters, but the solar wind acceleration over tens of millions of kilometers does confirm the Sun’s electric field—enough to sustain an electron drift current across the Solar System, back to the Sun.

Stephen Smith

Print Friendly