Study: Earth may be enveloped with a massive magnetic tunnel

Fareeha Arshad
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There is always something interesting about the vast sky that envelopes us - especially the strange formations and shapes visible in the sky during the days and nights. These have not only excited us but have also puzzled scientists for years. Perhaps we may finally have some exciting revelation about these.

According to a recent study, scientists observed that the Fan Region and the North Polar Spur lie at the opposite ends of the sky. These two regions may be linked with large systems of magnetized elements, thus forming a tunnel system that possibly surrounds the entire Solar System.

Though these two regions were discovered over six decades ago, they have remained mysterious structures for scientists – because of the vast distance between them. However, this new study by scientists from the University of Toronto in Canada could have possibly solved one of the long unanswered astronomy puzzles.

Through models and simulations, the scientists derived what would happen if the Fan Region and the North Polar Spur would link together through magnetic fields and how the radio sky would function under such a condition. The team would successfully find out the entire length of such a tunnel and was estimated to be within 1000 light-years. Regardless, this groundbreaking study could help unlock bigger puzzles about the transformation of other magnetic fields in and around our galaxy.

The thing about scientific studies is that every day they add up to the existing data and steer the researches in a different direction. How do you think this particular discovery is going to influence the upcoming scientific exploration? Do let us know in the comment section.

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