Satellites are falling off their orbits due to extreme solar activity

Satellites are falling off their orbits due to extreme solar activity ...

Satellites that orbit close to Earth are dragged down by the residual atmosphere, which eventually causes them to return to the planet, sending them to burn up in the atmosphere, according to a new report from Space.com.

Satellites are falling and collapsing ten times faster than they were previously.

This sequence of events has coincided with the start of the new solar cycle and resulted in satellites falling and collapsing up to ten times faster than before, an astounding increase by all accounts.

"The satellites were sinking about two and a half kilometers [1.5 miles] per year in the last five years," says Space.com. "But since December last year, they have been virtually diving."

Our precious life-giving sun has been accumulating since last autumn, generating more and more solar wind, sunspots, solar flares, and coronal mass ejections that have all had an impact on Earth's upper atmosphere. All of this is a result of the star ending an 11-year solar cycle.

This process, however, is a natural phenomenon; it results in disaster for our satellites.

Stromme noted that there is still a great deal of unclear physics going on in the upper layers of the atmosphere where it interacts with the solar wind. "We know that this interaction causes an upwelling of the atmosphere. That means that the larger air is shifting upwards to higher altitudes."

Denser air always results in increased satellite drag, which can result in some lower-orbiting spacecraft collapsing to their final extinction.

"It's almost like slamming against your wind," Stromme said. "It's harder, it's drag, so it slows the satellites down, and when they slow down, they sink."

This possibility is bound to affect all spacecraft located around the 250-mile altitude, according to the researcher. Yet what about common satellites that cannot undertake such tasks?

"Many of these [new satellites] do not have propulsion systems," Stromme said. "They do not have ways to get up. That basically means that they will have a shorter lifetime in orbit. They will return sooner than they would during the solar minimum."

Space junk will be gone!

The outcome of this situation is that all space junk will likely be cleared out. For sixty years, humans have been launching things to space, creating a problem of space debris that desperately needs to be cleaned out.

This solar phenomenon may just clear up most of the junk out of space!

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