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Stratospheric Radiation on Earth Continues to Increase.

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posted on Dec, 11 2018 @ 11:29 PM
Below is a graph showing how Stratospheric radiation continues to increase. The graph covers from March 2015 to July 2018.

The radiation sensors onboard our helium balloons detect X-rays and gamma-rays in the energy range 10 keV to 20 MeV. These energies span the range of medical X-ray machines and airport security scanners.

Why are cosmic rays intensifying? The main reason is the sun. Solar storm clouds such as coronal mass ejections (CMEs) sweep aside cosmic rays when they pass by Earth. During Solar Maximum, CMEs are abundant and cosmic rays are held at bay. Now, however, the solar cycle is swinging toward Solar Minimum, allowing cosmic rays to return. Another reason could be the weakening of Earth's magnetic field, which helps protect us from deep-space radiation.


Although the above link does not state that the increase in cosmic radiation has been found to be coming from an unknown source which is close to our Solar System, that is what NASA has been saying.

Mysterious Source of High-Energy Cosmic Radiation Discovered

Back in 2014, Schwadron, Blake, et al were already warning that we were receiving more cosmic radiation than has ever been seen during the space age, and that this would affect future manned deep space exploration.

Does the worsening galactic cosmic radiation environment observed by CRaTER preclude future manned deep space exploration?

Earlier this year, 2018, they posted an update.


Over the last decade, the solar wind has exhibited low densities and magnetic field strengths, representing anomalous states that have never been observed during the space age. As discussed by Schwadron, Blake, et al. (2014,, the cycle 23–24 solar activity led to the longest solar minimum in more than 80 years and continued into the “mini” solar maximum of cycle 24. During this weak activity, we observed galactic cosmic ray fluxes that exceeded theERobserved small solar energetic particle events.

Update on the Worsening Particle Radiation Environment Observed by CRaTER and Implications for Future Human Deep‐Space Exploration

In the past I have shown other graphs that show the same trend, including graphs showing the increasing radiation Earth keeps receiving which has been recorded by the Cosmic Ray observatory in Mexico city, and the Oulu Neutron Monitor. Both of which have shown that Earth, and in fact the entire Solar System, continue to receive more and more radiation from an unknown source.

Cosmic Rays, especially X-Rays, The Solar System is Receiving Have been Increasing

Radiation Clouds at Aviation Altitudes (and It's Link to Climate Change.)

So what will this mean for us if we keep receiving more and more cosmic radiation if this trend continues as it has done since at least the 1990s?

Even during solar maximums the comic radiation we have been receiving has also continued to increase.

The following plot is from December 1990 to December 12th 2018.

I set the following plot from November 1990 til December 12th 2018.


But this increase radiation won't just affect our space exploration. It's been 8 years since back in 2008 NASA noticed that we were receiving a surplus in cosmic radiation of 300-800 billion electron volts.

Back then, 2008, that was more than enough energy so that the cascade of secondary cosmic rays, produced by the primary cosmic rays interacting with our atmosphere and Earth's magnetic field, to reach Earth's surface. We keep seeing an increase in the amount of cosmic rays, and in specific high energetic x-rays. If the trend continues will we be seeing a solar minimum similar to the Maunder Minimum? What effects would this increase energy have on Earth's atmosphere? Because it will be affected.

Here is an interesting article from 2014 in which it is speculated that this increase in cosmic rays could be coming from dark matter.

Dark Matter May Be Source of Mysterious Cosmic Rays Detected by Scientists
The Space Reporter
June 17, 2014 by Rachelle Flick
A particle detector at the International Space Station identified cosmic rays that are produced by an unknown type of matter. Because of its unfamiliar behavior, scientists are speculating that the rays might be generated by dark matter, a substance that can only be found by observing its gravitational effects. A 600-member Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) team has yet to confirm whether the source of the cosmic rays is dark matter. The AMS particle detector showed the team that two key behaviors suggest dark matter might be the origin: a change in the ratio of positrons, and an energy flux increase. The ratio of positrons in proportion to the total amount of electrons and positrons combined has “changed its behavior from increasing, to becoming energy independent,” said Sam Ting, lead researcher of the AMS team.

This increase indicates it cannot come from ordinary cosmic ray collisions,” Ting explained to Discovery News via email. Positrons
are antielectrons that are the antiparticle counterpart of an electron.
“We have also measured the positron flux accurately,” he said.
“The flux increases up to 10 billion electron volts of energy, flattens out at up to 35 billion electron volts and then increases again,” Ting said. Dark energy is responsible for accelerating the expansion of the universe. Together with dark matter, the two substances make up 95% of the

Although data taken by the AMS particle detector shows unfamiliar traits of cosmic rays, scientists still do not have the evidence to prove dark matter is generating these rays.
Ting stated that “these two behaviors show that the origin of positrons in the cosmos is quite mysterious,”–however, “it is too early to say they are definitely from dark matter.
“We know something new has happened, but we still do not know the origin,” Ting said. “In a short time, we’ll really be able to resolve the mystery,” he added.

Rachelle Flick
Source: The Space Reporter, June 17, 2014

But the only problem is that this source is close to our Solar System. What could be so close to us and be producing black matter? Of course, as the article states, there is not enough evidence to proclaim the source is so exotic to conclude it's black matter.

I guess all we can do is keep an eye on this and see if the trend continues.

edit on 11-12-2018 by ElectricUniverse because: add excerpt and comment.

posted on Dec, 11 2018 @ 11:45 PM

Below is a graph showing how Stratospheric radiation continues to increase. The graph covers from March 2015 to July 2018.

Do you have a larger data set available? As your source says, this has a lot to do with the Solar cycle. A sample which includes more past cycles might be useful. For example. Here is data for cosmic rays, over several cycles. It does seem to show a slight increase over earlier cycles, but then, solar activity has been declining. The bottom graph shows data since 1965.

It would be interesting to see a similar dataset for soft x-rays.

edit on 12/11/2018 by Phage because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 12 2018 @ 12:08 AM
What's more, in 2016 Science Daily posted the following article, and NASA was the source of the article.

It seems that whatever the source is, it "reveals an entire group of X-rays that don't come from any known source."

X-rays that don't come from any known source
NASA-funded sounding rocket solves one cosmic mystery, reveals another

September 26, 2016
Space is filled with types of light we can't see -- from infrared signals released by hot stars and galaxies, to the cosmic microwave background. Some of this invisible light that fills space takes the form of X-rays, the source of which has been hotly contended over the past few decades. A new study confirms some ideas about where these X-rays come from, shedding light on our solar neighborhood's early history. But it also reveals a new mystery -- an entire group of X-rays that don't come from any known source.
However, DXL also measured some high-energy X-rays that couldn't possibly come from the solar wind or the Local Hot Bubble.

"At higher energies, these sources contribute less than a quarter of the X-ray emission," said Youaraj Uprety, lead author on the study and an astrophysicist at University of Miami at the time the research was conducted. "So there's an unknown source of X-rays in this energy range."

Back in 2008 Universe Today published this article.

Posted on November 19, 2008 by Nancy Atkinson

Cosmic Rays from Mysterious Source Bombarding Earth


Scientists have discovered an unidentified source of high-energy cosmic rays bombarding Earth from space. They say it must be close to the solar system and it could be made of dark matter. “This is a big discovery,” says John Wefel of Louisiana State University and Principal Investigator for ATIC, Advanced Thin Ionization Calorimeter, a NASA funded balloon-borne instrument high over Antarctica. “It’s the first time we’ve seen a discrete source of accelerated cosmic rays standing out from the general galactic background.”

posted on Dec, 12 2018 @ 12:21 AM
It is interesting, but most of this could be from the solar Minimum. It seems that it has increased over the last two cycles somewhat though. Maybe changes in the sun which would explain the increase in northern lights we are experiencing these last five years. Usually we get more during the solar max then they taper down quite a bit once the flares disappear. But lately we got way more than usual, in fact we had more pretty northern lights the last cycle than usual.

Energy coming from an unknown source could be interacting with everything. We are crossing over the path we are trecking through the galaxy on, that could make some sort of difference too. I guess to know for sure it will take more decades of research to know for sure, time will tell. We now have the technology to measure things better and the knowledge to interpret it is also getting better from what we have learned from being in space.

posted on Dec, 12 2018 @ 12:54 AM
a reply to: ElectricUniverse

RE: cosmic radiation of 300-800 billion electron volts.

NASA should figure out a way to harvest the energy, sell it on the open market, and take the money to colonize mars!

posted on Dec, 12 2018 @ 12:58 AM
a reply to: dfnj2015

Ten billion butterfly sneezes.

posted on Dec, 12 2018 @ 01:48 AM
poor dark mater they didn't even meet you and they're already speculating about you

does anybody think that the radiation is affecting the weather and not the Co2?

posted on Dec, 12 2018 @ 07:20 PM
a reply to: rickymouse

But here is the thing, even our sun has been acting very strangely to the point that at certain times when the overall activity of the sun was low, the visible light it was emitting was increasing and was warming Earth's atmosphere. Also, during solar maximums our sun has been weakening, and yes that does allow more cosmic rays, including high energetic x-rays, to enter the Solar System, but this could also be because of the new region of the Local Fluff our Solar System is entering has been affecting our Sun as well.

Then there is the FACT that even Pluto and Charon have been warming, even as they had been moving away from the sun, and not that long ago it was found that both Pluto and Charon are emitting more heat than they cores are able to produce. Then there are the other planets in our Solar System which have also been experiencing dramatic climate changes, mostly in the form of warming. Even around 1989-2002 the density of Pluto's atmosphere had tripled, which means it was warming back then as well.

Isn't strange that all of this is happening, not only on Earth, and we are finding that a new unknown source close to our Solar System is emitting cosmic rays and x-rays, which keep increasing, we have never seen/experienced before? At least for the past 80+ years? Yes, I know 80+ years is not a lot, but still it is no coincidence.

edit on 12-12-2018 by ElectricUniverse because: correct comment.

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