Magnets

The Earth's Magnetic Shield Cracked. Are We Doomed?

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On June 22, 2015, our planet's magnetosphere—the magnetic field that shields us from cosmic winds and solar radiation—took a heavy pounding from a giant cloud of plasma ejected from our sun. In 2016, scientists analyzed data from that bombardment and realized that our magnetosphere may have led some of that dangerous radiation in. Should you be worried? Find out in the video below.

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