posted on Dec, 17 2008 @ 09:02 PM
Originally posted by UFOTECH
I know that my PM-1401GN neutron detector is often effected by cosmic rays and the only thing that stops them is a shield material with a large
neutron cross section such as boron. It is supposed to only pick up gamma and neutron energies but the cosmic rays also are noticed. I have been
having about the same background levels at sea level so this breach is not effecting cosmic ray levels that reach the ground.
Of course at ground level what we might think of as cosmic rays could actually be from other sources like nuclear waste stored at reactor sites. Those
neutrons can travel a great distance from their source and most people are not aware of that.
>> I'm wondering of "breach" is the right word. It probably is more like a Gap. The sun-ward side of the field is intact.
If there were a huge solar flare, say on the 16th, it might have charged up the magnetosphere, or "pushed it" -- and so perhaps, having a big gap
after such an event is just something they never noticed before.
I don't think we've been accurately looking at the Magnetosphere more than 30 years, possibly less than 20. So this might just be a surprising event
for NASA to witness. We don't know the implications yet.
I would say that NO MAGNETOSPHERE would be a huge issue OVER TIME. Meaning, that we would lose some upper atmosphere to cosmic wind, and that we might
have a severe reduction in lightning -- reducing our ozone levels.
But other than interacting to create our REAL PROTECTION; the ionosphere -- the Magnetosphere is protecting satellites and unshielded electronics --
but correct me if I'm wrong on this -- I'm not an expert, I just pay attention.
But, no dire consequences or disasters related to this.
>> It's more of a worry if our magnetic field on earth changes poles. That probably has a long -- for humans anyway -- time to re-adjust. So years of
animals getting confused on migration, years of strange weather, years of an increase in UV load due to reduced Ozone. It would be survivable, but not
a fun prospect with our current situation and technology.
But no real evidence of that so far -- because nobody really knows what to look for that signals a pole change.