Sun’s rotating ‘magnet’ pulls lightning towards UK

It is common knowledge that there is an attractive force between the Sun and the Earth that make them rotate around each other. However, it had not been noticed that the magnetic pull of the Sun towards the Earth could bring massive lightning and thunderstorms to the planet until recently.

Curtain of Lightning Over City

Curtain of Lightning Over City

Recently, the strong magnetic or gravitational force of the Sun has resulted in bringing strong lightning strikes in the United Kingdom. The researching team at the University of Reading in Berkshire has discovered that the strong magnetic pull of the Sun on the Earth has resulted in bringing 50% more lightening to the United Kingdom than at any other place on the Earth. Moreover, it has been noticed that United Kingdom has seen these increased number of lightning since the past five years.

Moreover, these magnetic rays are the galactic cosmic rays which travel at the speed of light and bring thunderstorms when they connect with the upper atmosphere of the Earth. The more these magnetic rays from the Sun affect the Earth’s upper atmosphere, the more chances there are that the inner atmosphere of the planet will be affected. Thus, the space particles have been allowed to enter the Earth through the upper atmosphere to affect its climate.

A report on this issue was published in the Environmental Research Letters of the 19th of November by the researchers at the University of Reading this year. It is an important effort as it is being anticipated that now it would become a tradition to take note of the Sun’s magnetic pull to avoid any climatic disaster for the people of the Earth. Moreover, the head of Reading’s Department of Meteorology Professor Giles Harrison claims that these findings will prove to be important in the knowledge of the researchers in determining the ways in which the weather on the Earth is influenced by what goes on in the outer space.

Scientists have been studying the Sun’s magnetic field and its effects on the Earth since the 1970s. They have been studying the surface of the Sun to determine the magnitude of the magnetic force and its implications on the planet. However, Dr Matt Owens lead author of the research in the Environmental Research Letters elaborates on the fact that scientists have not been able to understand the implications of the Sun’s magnetic force on the Earth’s weather conditions until now.

Dr Matt Owens claims after this latest discovery that his team at the University of Reading has produced, also proved that the galactic cosmic rays do not fall at one point on the upper atmosphere of the Earth. Rather these rays fall on different locations around the planet. Moreover, it has been noted that the galactic cosmic rays can give energy to the clouds on the lower atmosphere of the Earth in creating thunderclouds.

Concomitantly, the Sun’s magnetic field bends the magnetic field of the Earth. By this process, the clouds on the lower atmosphere of the Earth are charged up to the extent that they start producing thunderstorms, thus bringing extreme changes in the weather.

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