Earth  ID: 20065

Lightning Makes a Safe Zone in the Earth's Radiation Belts

Radio waves generated by terrestrial lighting get propagated by electrons along the Earth's magnetic field lines and sweep high-energy electrons away from their path. This opens a 'Safe Zone' in the radiation belts.

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http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/solarsystem/image_lightning.html


Animation Credits

Walt Feimer (HTSI): Lead Animator
James Green (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

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Lightning and the Safe Zone

Keywords:
SVS >> Lightning
DLESE >> Space science
SVS >> Radiation Belts
NASA Science >> Earth