Just released: Chilling details from NASA about how Cold War wipe out tests affected our planet.
Little known nuclear tests were carried out by the US and the Soviet Union in the 1950’s and 60’s. It’s just now that scientists are understanding exactly what the real fallout was. The military workouts duplicated the exact same destructive impacts that solar storms can have on our world– consisting of blackouts and communication failures.
Detonating dynamites at heights of in between 16 and 250 miles above our world’s surface temporarily distorted the Earth’s electromagnetic field line. This absolutely affected satellites by harming on-board electronic devices and interfering with communications and navigation signals. Utility companies in Hawaii struggled and numerous satellites near test sites stopped working.
For years, additional radiation -which is exactly what triggered the satellites and electronic devices to stop working -lay caught inside Earth’s magnetosphere, an area surrounding Earth that defends us from solar flares. The nuke tests were behind some very odd sights in our skies, too.
One such nuclear test activated an aurora just like the Northern Lights to appear over the Equator instead of the poles. The findings, published in Space Science Reviews, is a startling prediction of what a nuclear conflict might have in shop for humanity.
It’s well recognized how the immediate and grisly after-effects could erase entire nations. But as we’ve become increasingly reliant on innovation – it’s apparent that nuclear war could be a lot more terrible to civilization.
Aside from the radiation that would clean out large swathes of life on Earth, all power and satellite systems might be completely warped – sending us back to the Stone Age.
The findings come as stress between the United States, Russia, China and North Korea escalate. Many worry World War 3 might be lurching as Kim Jong-Un threatens with weekly tests of missile launches.
North Korea conducted 2 nuclear tests and 24 ballistic rocket tests in 2016 alone, defyingsix UN Security Council resolutions prohibiting any testing.
But researchers have actually said that there are bigger concerns. Solar flares shooting from the Sun have enough power to trigger the same sort of mayhem without any human input. For now, the findings are being used to comprehend how radiation coming from the other side of the magnetosphere is impacting our planet.
“The tests were a human-generated and severe example of some of the area weather impacts regularly triggered by the Sun,” said Phil Erickson, assistant director of MIT’s Haystack Observatory, Westford, Massachusetts, and co-author on the paper. “If we understand what happened in the somewhat controlled and extreme event that was caused by one of these man-made events, we can more easily understand the natural variation in the near-space environment.”