Earth's Upper Atmosphere Suffers Record Breaking Collapse

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Well, that’s hefty dose of scary for the day.

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The Earth’s upper atmosphere has had a record breaking collapse, one that has scientists both puzzled and worried, NASA announced Thursday.

The collapse occurred during a period of low solar activity known as a “solar minimum.” During a solar minimum, sunspots and solar flare activity heavily diminish. Since the date range of a solar minimum expands over a 12-month period, it can take up to 6 months to identify one.

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