We have exciting news about the South Atlantic Anomaly. Scientists have interesting information to share regarding the area of Earth’s magnetic field, which has a significant dent. According to reports, the area where the force of magnetism is weaker shows signs of splitting. The question is, why is this happening?
Before going into details, rest be assured, this anomaly does not pose a threat to life on our planet. So far, science has found many explanations as to why life can exist on Earth. For example, the ideal distance from the Sun, the right amount of liquid water, and so on.
Another factor that sustains life here on Earth is the magnetic field. As a major factor, the magnetic field is protecting our atmosphere. For example, there are all kinds of charged particles flying through space that could hit our planet and tear it away. However, the magnetic field acts like a shield preventing those particles from creating significant damages.
Therefore, this unusual phenomenon could become a problem for satellite operators. It could make their work a lot harder when it comes to keeping the spacecraft secure while flying over that particular area.
South Atlantic Anomaly impact in the long run
How is this anomaly going to impact scientists and our planet in the long run? The answer, as the situation, is unclear. This unique quality of Earth’s magnetic field is not a new thing. Scientists have known about it for a long time. However, over the past decade, this phenomenon is gradually changing.
According to researches, the dent seems to split into two halves. Therefore, the question is, what is really happening? Reports show that magnetic patterns deep within our planet look very odd in the area where the dent exists. That’s just below the anomaly, so it does make scientists wonder.
“More specifically, a localized area with reversed polarity grows strongly in the SAA region, thus making the area intensity very weak, weaker than the surrounding regions,” said NASA.
At the moment, the dent in the magnetic field should not concern us. Scientists will keep researching, so keep an open eye on the news to find out further details.