We’ve always believed that the Moon revolves around Earth outside of the planet’s atmosphere. However, scientists have just made an astounding discovery. The Earth’s atmosphere has been found to be much bigger than we originally thought.
The scientists at Russia’s Space Research Institute have looked into decades-old data gathered by the NASA/European Space Agency Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). It revealed that our planet’s atmosphere stretches 391,464 miles (630,000km) away and is about 50 times the diameter of Earth.
This just means that the moon actually lies in the middle of the Earth’s atmosphere.
The information was first found by SOHO between 1996 and 1998. Unfortunately, it had been forgotten for some time. Luckily, its rediscovery confirmed that the Moon is located right in the middle of our atmosphere, at an average distance of 238,855 miles (384,400 km) from Earth.
SOHO initially gathered data while mapping the geocorona. This is the layer of hydrogen atoms located where the atmosphere merges with outer space. The agency used its SWAN instrument to measure far-ultraviolet emissions from hydrogen atoms in order to observe the geocorona.
Interestingly, it led to an amazing discovery about the atmosphere. The data certainly confirmed that, contrary to what we’ve previously learned, the Moon is very much a part of the planet’s atmosphere.
An illustration depicting the geocorona.
Bernhard Fleck, SOHO project scientist for the European Space Agency, stated that the discovery is only the beginning.
“Data archived many years ago can often be exploited for new science. This discovery highlights the value of data collected over 20 years ago and the exceptional performance of SOHO,” Fleck said.
There is still much to be learned about our own planet and its closest neighbors. Hopefully, even old data will be able to help scientists uncover more of Earth’s secrets in the near future.
NASA Is Looking For ‘Funny’ Astronauts To Send On Mission To Mars
Are you the ‘joker’ of the group? The class clown? NASA wants you!
Have you ever been labeled the class clown? You just might be the person NASA's looking for - and they want to send you on a major space mission!
According to recent reports, the space agency is looking for 'funny' astronauts to be part of a team that will be sent to Mars. The journey is expected to last for two years and is expected to happen in the 2030s.
Qualified applicants will undergo mission simulation testings at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas....
Dinosaur With Mohawk Made Of Spikes Discovered In South America
This punk dinosaur could terrify any predators with its mohawk made of spikes!
We continue to discover new dinosaurs every day. However, a recent find in South America is proving to be truly unique. The majestic herbivore has been found with long, forward-pointing spikes down its neck. The strange feature makes the dinosaur appear like it has a mohawk made of spikes.
The paleontologists from CONICET, Universidad Maimónides, and several other institutions found the new species in 2013. It has been dubbed Bajadasaurus pronuspinax, the latter part of which means “bent over forward spine.” The dinosaur was a sauropod, a group of long-necked, four-legged dinosaurs that lived in the Lower Cretaceous period in Argentina 140 million years ago.
The spikes covered the sauropod's neck and may have been used for display and protection.
Engineer Builds AI Shelter With Facial Recognition For Stray Cats
The high-tech shelter can recognize up to 174 different cats and serves as a temporary veterinary clinic!
Most people go out of their way to help stray cats. However, one engineer decided to make sure the homeless felines around him can find a safe place to keep warm, get food, and stay healthy. The animal lover decided to build a high-tech cat shelter with artificial intelligence that uses facial recognition to scan for diseases.
Wan Xi is a computer engineer based in Beijing, China. However, Wan's true passion is caring for stray cats that roam the streets in his hometown. He would make sure the cats are fed. Unfortunately, these homeless kitties were in trouble when the cold winter arrived. The determined Wan built the AI shelter to make sure the cats have a warm and safe place to stay.
This cool shelter also serves as a temporary veterinary clinic.