Illinois Scientists Spot Hot Hydrogen Atoms in Thermosphere

In a new study, researchers have found Hot Hydrogen Atoms in the upper atmosphere of earth, which has brought up a firm understanding of hot atomic hydrogen and its interface with other environmental constituents.

Earth’s highest environmental layer which is also called thermosphere surprisingly contains hot Hydrogen atoms which has brought up challenges for the existing theories. Moreover, it also can up bring new indulgent of the hydrogen distribution and its interface with other constituents of earth’s atmospheric.

Hydrogen particles play a pivotal critical in the material science which is currently governing the Earth’s upper climate. Moreover, it is also served as an important shield for satellites in the low-earth circle against the unforgiving space environment. The continuous climatic escape of hydrogen particles is one of the major force behind why Earth’s nearby planet, Mars, has lost the existence of water. Since hydrogen atoms are lightweight, they can easily defeat a planet’s gravitational force and can also permanently escape into interplanetary space.

According to Lara Waldrop, the chief researcher of the project and an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Hot Hydrogen atoms were previously believed to exist at very high altitudes, mostly several million kilometres from the ground. But our researcher team spot the Hot Hydrogen Atoms existing as low as 250 kilometres from the ground which is quite surprising.

The development of new arithmetical techniques and their application to year’s old remote sensing techniques owned by NASA’s Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) satellite has caused the new ground-breaking discovery.

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