Van Allen radiation belt


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Van Allen radiation belt

[va′nal·ən ‚rād·ē′a·shən ‚belt]
(geophysics)
One of the belts of intense ionizing radiation in space about the earth formed by high-energy charged particles which are trapped by the geomagnetic field.
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SAMPEX--the Solar, Anomalous, and Magnetospheric Particle Explorer-- continuously samples the Van Allen radiation belts around Earth.
As per the report, it lies between the two Van Allen radiation belts.
Shprits, who was honored by President Obama last July with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, asserted that the Van Allen radiation belts can no longer be considered as one consistent mass of electrons since they behave according to their energies and react in various ways to the disturbances in space.
Space storms disturb the Van Allen radiation belts, which become filled with "killer electrons" that can pierce the skin of a satellite -- or the cells of an astronaut.
The Van Allen radiation belts, discovered by the Explorer 1 satellite in 1958, were the first evidence of our magnetic protection.
7 earth radii), it avoids the hazards posed by the Van Allen radiation belts, which extend from about 621 to 37,282 miles above the surface.
The 84-pound space probe collected new data on the Van Allen radiation belts that would help others follow it into cislunar space.
Washington, July 26 ( ANI ): NASA scientists have discovered a massive particle accelerator in the heart of one of the harshest regions of near-Earth space, known as the Van Allen radiation belts.
The belt is composed of particles different from those in Earth's two Van Allen radiation belts, which were discovered in 1958.