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Post by phildidge on Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:23 pm

Never-seen-before bursts of magnetic energy on Mars have puzzled astronomers, whose space rover has gained fresh insights into the mysterious Red Planet.

The magnetometer fixed to the cutting-edge NASA InSight spacecraft detected a bizarre jump in pulsations on the surface of the planet at nighttime.

Since November 2018, the InSight capsule has been harvesting information from the Red Planet - including recording the ferocity of so-called 'Marsquakes' and taking the temperature of its upper crust.

Scientists have not yet determined the causes behind the sudden magnetic pulses, which were 20 times stronger than previous observations, according to National Geographic.

However the baffling aspect of these most recent findings was the clockwork-like frequency of the midnight pulses.

The InSight lander is currently placed on Mars's equator. On Earth's equator, no such pulses are ever recorded.


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Post by eddie on Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:28 pm

I’ve always thought that the planets in our solar system must affect the earth somehow.

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Post by Ben Reilly on Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:33 pm

I've never heard of a magnetic field generated by a natural object that can increase in power absent an external source of energy -- much less one that does so like clockwork.

The only magnetic fields that we know of (to the best of my knowledge) that can increase in power like that are artificial, powered magnets. Natural magnets can be strengthened by other magnets, but it's a slow process.

This is a real mystery, and it might point to there being something quite unique about Mars' metallic core, or even an undiscovered property of magnetism.

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Post by Ben Reilly on Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:34 pm

eddie wrote:I’ve always thought that the planets in our solar system must affect the earth somehow.

There's nothing showing that these pulses affect the Earth. They're still weird as hell, though.

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Post by 'Wolfie on Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:06 am

alien

They're preparing to invade...

I've seen those movies..

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Post by Original Quill on Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:29 pm

Actually, the Aliens channel is having a field day with this story.  Mars is tagged with the origins of human life on earth--for reasons I don't fully understand--and therefore this discovery has generated a lot of chatter.

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