This week, the Inquisitr reported that an undergraduate in Australia finally confirmed a 60-year-old theory that giant plasma tubes are floating above earth. Cleo Loi, 23, from the University of Sydney reportedly used the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope to capture visual evidence that plasma tubes really are floating above Earth.
“For over 60 years, scientists believed these structures existed but by imaging them for the first time, we’ve provided visual evidence that they are really there,” the undergraduate from the School of Physics and the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) explained.
The visual evidence is a major breakthrough because these enormous tubes of plasma could cause distortions that could affect military and civilian navigation systems, Science Alert reported.
The magnetosphere is a layer around the earth that is occupied by its magnetic field and filled with plasma, thanks to our atmosphere being ionized by the sun. The layer of the magnetosphere closest to the earth is the ionosphere. Just outside of that, still in the magnetosphere, is the plasmasphere. Loi explained where the plasma tubes were located.
“We measured their position to be about 600 km above the ground, in the upper ionosphere, and they appear to be continuing upwards into the plasmasphere. This is around where the neutral atmosphere ends, and we are transitioning to the plasma of outer space.”
This is not the first major outer space scientific breakthrough from the land down under recently. Early this year, the Inquisitr reported that an Aussie Ph. D. student picked up an alien radio signal from outer space in real-time. Swinburne University’s Emily Petroff watched the fast radio burst using the Parkes radio telescope in South Wales. The burst gave off as much energy as our sun does in one day in about a millisecond!
Young scientists are making ground breaking discoveries at an astounding rate. Very recently, the Inquisitr reported that Dr. Antoine Louvea, a young scientist from the University of Virginia, uncovered one of the most shocking medical discoveries of recent times. Louvea and his team proved that the brain is connected to the lymphatic system by being the first to locate the existence of lymphatic vessels connected to the brain. This nearly unbelievable discovery, the team says, means that an array of neurological diseases must be reconsidered, “from autism to multiple sclerosis,” given “the presence of something science insisted did not exist.”
Thinking outside the box seems to be of huge benefit to today’s rising researchers. For example, Loi’s supervisor, Dr. Tara Murphy, said that Loi’s senior collaborators originally thought her plasma tube findings had been corrupted, according to a CAASTRO press release about the plasma tubes.
“When they first saw the data, many of her senior collaborators thought the results were literally ‘too good to be true’ and that the observation process had somehow corrupted the findings, but over the next few months, Cleo managed to convince them that they were both real and scientifically interesting.”
An article in the Conversation explains how a young researcher was able to cut ahead of 60 years of theory.
“Cleo has shown how a talented but novice researcher can have an advantage over experienced researchers. By approaching the problem without preconceptions she was able to bridge these two disciplines and use a novel technique on a new radio telescope to discover plasma tubes in the sky.”
Watch the video about the plasma tubes below and see Cleo Loi’s amazing discovery in action. 3D movies of plasma tubes on cosmic cinema is just another example of what can be accomplished when young researchers think unconventionally.
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