‘Space Hurricane’ Spotted Above Earth for the First Time Ever

Schematic of the space hurricane and its formation mechanism (University of Reading/Nature Com)

A first-ever “space hurricane” was spotted whirling above the Earth, scientists said.

The 600-mile-wide mass of plasma occurred several hundreds of miles above the North Pole, according to a study in the journal Nature Communications.

“Until now, it was uncertain that space plasma hurricanes even existed, so to prove this with such a striking observation is incredible,” said Mike Lockwood, a space scientist at the University of Reading and co-author of the study, in a statement.

The spectacle was captured by satellites in August 2014, but only recently uncovered during research led by scientists from Shandong University in China.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Jackie Salo

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