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Fuzzy Bubbles

Astronomers have discovered that we live in a kind of seltzer water. All around the earth, bubbles of superhot gas constantly grow larger and then pop. These are particles flowing from the sun that get caught up in the earth's magnetic field.

The bubbles were first discovered in data collected by four spacecraft sent out by the European Space Agency in what was called the Cluster mission. At first, astronomers thought they were reading their instruments wrong. In space.com, Robert Roy Britt quotes UC Berkeley professor George Parks as saying, "Then I looked at the data from all four Cluster spacecraft. These anomalies were being observed simultaneously by all the spacecraft. That?s when I believed that they were real."

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