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Scientists map 'Bermuda Triangle of Space'

Posted on Thursday, 29 May, 2014 | Comment icon 14 comments

Earth's orbit has its own Bermuda Triangle. Image Credit: NASA
A region over Brazil has become notorious for satellite failures, weird lights and other phenomena.
The Bermuda Triangle that most people are familiar with is an area of the North Atlantic in which multiple ships and planes are believed to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances, but there is another region over parts of South America that is proving to be equally as problematic.

Known as the South Atlantic Anomaly, the area has been associated with satellite and spacecraft failures for years.

The Hubble Space Telescope once suffered problems with its instruments while passing over the region, computers aboard the International Space Station have been known to crash and some astronauts have even witnessed strange flashing lights.

The cause of these problems is a weak point in the Earth's magnetic field resulting in an increase in energetic particles, exposing orbiting satellites to higher than usual levels of radiation when they pass overhead.

Scientists in Italy have recently managed to more accurately map out the borders of the anomaly and have discovered that it appears to be moving eastwards at a rate of 37km per year.

Those on the ground however have no reason to fear as the excess radiation is only believed to affect objects at a height of 200km or above.

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Tags: Bermuda, South Atlantic Anomaly

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Calibeliever on 29 May, 2014, 14:03
First I've ever heard of this. Interesting indeed.
Comment icon #6 Posted by freetoroam on 29 May, 2014, 14:28
Is this going to affect the world cup?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Eldorado on 29 May, 2014, 21:13
If England play Argentina, beware the 'Hand of God'!!!!!!!
Comment icon #8 Posted by freetoroam on 29 May, 2014, 22:34
Oh yes, that old chestnut. Didn`t spot that mysterious circumstance with their satellites....but we did.
Comment icon #9 Posted by nohands on 30 May, 2014, 9:03
Comment icon #10 Posted by Emma_Acid on 30 May, 2014, 11:04
Isn't it a weakness in the magnetic field that causes more solar particles to hit satellites? Or I could've just read the article, then I'd know.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Silent Trinity on 30 May, 2014, 11:27
Seems like an atmospheric anomaly that we don't fully understand to me, a facet of our earth's magnetic field or Ionosphere that seems to have an effect on our man made lumps of electronics that we hurtle through the heavens. The earth keeps throwing up new discoveries all the time it seems! :)
Comment icon #12 Posted by Peter B on 30 May, 2014, 13:50
It wouldn't surprise me if the Australian team goes missing...
Comment icon #13 Posted by stevemagegod on 30 May, 2014, 18:23
i have heard about this before.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Rei4ever on 6 August, 2014, 6:06
There are many Bermuda Triangles in this world...

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