Earth's Radiation Belts Change Wildly With Solar Storms

Satellites can short-out if they encounter a surge of radiation in Earth orbit and a new study of the Van Allen belts' shape could help better protect them from this highly-charged environment.

February 29, 2016
2:38 PM EST
The shape of the Van Allen belts can vary widely depending on how energetic the individual electrons are, and general conditions in the Earth's magnetic environment. During geomagnetic storms (4), all three regions in the belts can balloon. | NASA Goddard/Duberstein