Supersonic Plasma Jets Have Been Detected in Earth’s Atmosphere for the First Time

Supersonic Plasma Jets Have Been Detected in Earth's Atmosphere for the First Time

For the first time, researchers have discovered supersonic plasma jets in Earth's upper atmosphere, and they're responsible for some pretty extreme conditions, including temperatures near 10,000°C (18,032°F). These jets not only appear to be changing the chemical composition of Earth's ionosphere – they're actually pushing this atmospheric layer so far up, some of the planet's atmospheric materials are being leaked out into space.

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