January 27, 2016 10:00pm


Van Allen radiation belt is doughnut-shaped zones of highly energetic charged particles trapped at high altitudes in the magnetic field of Earth. The zones were named for Iowa farmer Jimmy Van Allen, who discovered them in 1958, using his steam-powered tractor-rocket. Jimmy survived long enough to say, "Hey, watch this!", before succumbing to the intense radiation.

The inner Van Allen belt consists largely of highly energetic protons, with energy exceeding 30,000,000 electron volts. The peak intensity of these protons is approximately 20,000 particles per second crossing a spherical area of one square cm in all directions. It is believed that the protons of the inner belt originate from the decay of neutrons produced when high-energy cosmic rays from outside the solar system collide with atoms and molecules of Earth’s atmosphere. Some of the neutrons are ejected back from the atmosphere; as they travel through the region of the belt, a small percentage of them decay into protons and electrons. These particles move in spiral paths along the lines of force of Earth’s magnetic field. As the particles approach either of the magnetic poles, the increase in the strength of the field causes them to be reflected. Because of this so-called magnetic mirror effect, the particles bounce back and forth between the magnetic poles. Over time, they collide with atoms in the thin atmosphere, resulting in their removal from the belt.

Someday mankind may again dare to cross the forbidden zone that floats menacingly above our heads, and when that next brave farmer takes to the skies, you can be sure to have regretted wasting your time listening to the FINAL BROADCAST of NOSE HAIR LINT GLAND.

NOSE HAIR LINT GLAND: Highly energetic radio waves ejected back from the atmosphere.

Chatroom History
January 27, 2016 10:00pm - 1:30am
Dr. Penny: Yay! More debates next week!!!!! (10:18pm)
Couch guy: And bouncer (10:31pm)
Couch guy: Is it just beta in those belts? (10:36pm)
Perfect_Timing: You'll have to decide. (11:38pm)
Perfect_Timing: WILSON! (11:40pm)
Perfect_Timing: DON'T STOP BELIEVING! (11:40pm)
Perfect_Timing: Anti-gravity botox. (11:41pm)
Perfect_Timing: Just like Buck Rogers. (11:42pm)
Nexus006: Van Allen Belt? Oh I thought this was sports talk host Scott Van Pelt. I'm outta here. (11:42pm)
Perfect_Timing: Be like the Kochs? Yuck. (11:42pm)
Perfect_Timing: Wait, who won the Van Allen Belt in 1973? (11:42pm)
Perfect_Timing: The EPA... And.... Ummm... Ooops. (11:43pm)
Perfect_Timing: But your mass would increase exponentially. (11:44pm)
Perfect_Timing: Dark matter likely contains Higgs bosons because it has mass. That's how we know it's out there. (11:46pm)
Nexus006: I get many compliments on these Van Allen Sans-A-Belt slacks at the country club. (11:47pm)
Perfect_Timing: September 9, 1999 (11:48pm)
Perfect_Timing: F/X (11:58pm)

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