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|A NASA-sponsored researcher has recently found 'hidden portals' in the magnetic field of the Earth through examining data from a NASA satellite. Calling them 'X-points' or 'electron diffusion regions', Jack Scudder, a researcher at the University of Iowa says the portals are 'places where the magnetic field of Earth connects to the magnetic field of the Sun.' He adds that the X-points are able to create 'an uninterrupted path' from Earth to the atmosphere of the sun which is 150 million kilometers away. Located a few tens of thousands of kilometers from Earth, these portals open and close several times a day while most of them are small and live for a short period of time, observations by NASA's THEMIS spacecraft and Europe's Cluster probes show.|
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