Video: New ring discovered in Earth’s radiation belts

Observations from NASA’s Van Allen Probes reveal an isolated third ring in the outer radiation belt.

Since their discovery over 50 years ago, the Earth’s Van Allen radiation belts have been considered to consist of two distinct zones of trapped, highly energetic charged particles. Observations from NASA’s Van Allen Probes reveal an isolated third ring in the outer radiation belt.

Read more about the discovery here: NASA’s Van Allen Probes reveal a new radiation belt around Earth

Video Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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David Callejas