• Jose Salazar

Weird Science News: Scientists discover first ever 'Space Hurricane'

Scientists recently discovered a very powerful, 600-mile plasma hurricane in Earth's atmosphere. Astronomers are calling it a "space hurricane," and it's the first one to be discovered. Researchers created a 3D model of the hurricane to come up with a hypothesis for the formation of the hurricane and the magnetic field over the North Pole.

The hurricane was shaped like a funnel with an eye in the center of it and surrounded by several counterclockwise-spinning spiral arms of plasma. Instead of producing rain, the space hurricane rained electrons on the Earth's atmosphere.

Study co-author Mike Lockwood said in a statement, "Until now, it was uncertain that space plasma hurricanes even existed, so to prove this such a striking observation is incredible."

He continued to say "tropical storms are associated with huge amounts of energy, and these space hurricanes must be created by unusually large and rapid transfer of solar wind energy and charged particles into the Earth's upper atmosphere."

People shouldn't be scared about the space hurricane. The Earth's upper-atmosphere poses little threat to our planet.

For more information, check out LiveScience.

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