Sunday, September 26

What a space hurricane looks like, the spectacular phenomenon detected for the first time on Earth

  • Alejandra Martins
  • BBC World News

Illustration of a space hurricane


Although there were theories about the existence of these hurricanes in the upper layers of the Earth’s atmosphere, it is the first time that their existence has been confirmed.

Scientists have never observed a hurricane like this.

Hurricanes occur in the lower layers of the atmosphere, but have not been detected until now in the upper atmosphere.

An international team of scientists led by Professor Qing-He Zhang of Shandong University in China made the first observation of this phenomenon.

“We observed a phenomenon with hurricane characteristics in the upper atmosphere over the magnetic north pole, what we call a space hurricane“Professor Zhang told BBC Mundo.

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