BEIJING, March 21 (Xinhuanet) -- A mysterious stripes structure, surrounding the Earth as it rotates, was discovered by NASA spacecrafts, according to media reports Friday.
This stripes structure, whose velocities approach that of light , was produced by Earth’s slow rotation and is considered incapable of affecting the motion of radiation belt.
This zebra-print-jacket-like structure initially baffled scientists, for it had never been uncovered before and scientists didn’t know its driving forces.
Because these stripes were visible during low solar wind activity they believed that increased solar wind activity was the primary force for these structures.
“Better yet, we have a great team of scientists to take advantage of these unprecedented observations.” said David Sibeck, the mission scientist for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.