NASA has confirmed that the dent in Earth’s protective shield is splitting into two as it gets bigger. The dent is made due to the processes within the Earth and its effect reaches beyond the surface of the planet.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the earth’s protective layer is in danger as the dent in Earth’s protective shield is splitting into two as it gets bigger. A massive chunk of the layer has weakened thus causing a dent in the shield of earth.

This phenomenon is referred to as South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA) and NASA said that it is splitting into two and getting wider with the passage of time. Due to its location over South America and the Southern Atlantic Ocean, it has been named SAA.

The magnetic field around the Earth acts as a protective shield and this shield is responsible for repelling and trapping charged particles from the Sun. According to NASA, the dent in SAA has no visible impact on daily life on the surface. A weak magnetic field means that the particle radiation from the Sun gets closer to the Earth’s surface than otherwise.

Even though it doesn’t have a visible impact on human life but having it separate into two different anomalies will create additional challenges for satellite missions.

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The visualization shows a simple model of the Earth’s magnetic field: NASA

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