NASA Mars Probe Has Recorded Strange Magnetic Pulses on the Planet

by Ernest Thomas
NASA Mars Probe Has Recorded Strange Magnetic Pulses on the Planet

NASA’s InSight Mars rover has discovered puzzling magnetic pulses on the Martian land. Reportedly, sometimes at midnight, the red planet’s magnetic field starts vibrating. Scientists say they have never seen this before, and they are seeking for the phenomenon. The American space agency had landed the spacecraft on the Red Planet in November 2018. Since then, it is collecting data to assist scientists better understand the planet. NASA had designed InSight to carry out research over the internal functioning of the Red Planet by building a 3D-map of its core and by scaling Mar’s seismicity. Currently, NASA’s well-programmed geophysicist is exploring the surface of Mars.

While studying the treasure trove of Insight-collected data, researchers have found a strange set of information. They have discovered a stream of magnetic pulses which occur at midnight every day on the red planet. Maybe, the neighboring world has much more magnetism at its core than projected. InSight uses a sensitive magnetometer to trace the differences in the red planet’s and the lander’s magnetic field. The instrument has detected lengthy pulse chains which keep beating as much as 60 minutes. Even more, there is a 60 second wave period in those pulse trains. Researchers have reported their findings during a joint conference between the American Astronomical Society and European Planetary Science Congress. As per the study, the magnetic waves seem strong in the north, which gets weaker in the vertical direction.

At the moment, the origin of the pulsates is unclear. Besides, scientists aim to analyze whether they come from the core or the surface. Probably, the mysterious events at the mid-night are the result of the solar wind. When it strikes Mar’s weak atmosphere, it leads to a weaker magnetic blister that transforms into a type of tail shape. Apart from this data, InSight has found an external electrically conductive layer, which has a thickness of around 2.5 miles. Notably, the layer is present deep under the Martian surface. All in all, it is primary research which scientists might consider for a peer review in the future. For now, the information offers an insight into Mar’s magnetic field.

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