Swirling masses of plasma that ‘rain’ or fall down as electrons, instead of water or snow are known as Space hurricanes. In August 2014, the satellites first made observations of these ‘Space Hurricanes’ yet very little was discovered.
Scientists discovered a ‘Space Hurricane’ over the Earth’s atmosphere for the first time. Mike Lockwood, Space scientist at the University of Reading, in a release that, “Until now, it was uncertain that space plasma hurricanes even existed, so to prove this with such a striking observation is incredible.” The hurricane lasted around eight hours before it began to disintegrate.
According to researchers, these hurricanes could lead to an increase in satellite drag, cause disturbances in high frequency radio communications and even lead to errors in over-the-horizon radar location, satellite navigation, and communication systems.
Researchers also reported that these space hurricanes could be more common within the solar system and beyond. “Tropical storms are associated with huge amounts of energy, and these space hurricanes must be created by unusually large and rapid transfer of solar wind energy and charged particles into the Earth’s upper atmosphere”, Lockwood described. “Plasma and magnetic fields in the atmosphere of planets exist throughout the universe, so the findings suggest space hurricanes should be a widespread phenomena.”