New evidence has emerged that a huge influx of ultraviolet radiation may have something to do with an ancient extinction event. On another note – exploding stars surround regions of space with neutrinos, ultraviolet energy and debris in the form of cosmic radiation. Researchers explain how the Earth has been traveling through a large span of this cosmic refuge they call “The Local Interstellar Cloud” for the past 33 millennia.
NOTE: There is other evidence that the energetic debris has become more influential throughout our solar system during the past century. This is in the form of decreased solar and geomagnetic field strength as well as an increase in the actual presence of galactic cosmic radiation throughout the background of our solar system. It has even been referred to as a potential threat for astronauts traveling through our region in the future.
An Underground research facility called DUNE (Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment) set for completion in 2027, will attempt to ascertain the rate at which “Neutrino” waves from an exploding star decay. Scientific research has demonstrated how MeV neutrinos have a very real effect on organic life through “elastic scattering off nuclei in organic tissue” creating radiation damage in DNA, “leading to cellular mutation, neoplasia, and oncogenesis.”.
This could be one of the many reasons behind renewed scientific interest in Neutrino technology, which is further supported by the recent use of Neutrino waves as a kind of “super-radar” that can penetrate through the entire Earth to measure it’s total mass. Remember neutrino waves are also emitted during the end stage collapse of a stellar body. (By the way, the only way to measure a neutrino is through it’s relatively sparse interaction with matter, which is why it is called “the ghost particle”)
According to researchers at the University of Illinois there is preliminary evidence for a stellar origin to the mysterious mass extinction event that took -place in the Later Denisovan period approximately 359 million years ago. Scientists gathered radioisotope data from fossilized plant spores that appear to be “severely sunburnt” in a way that can only really be explained with an extremely sudden increase in ultraviolet radiation. Other research suggests that some microbes on the bottom of the ocean floor can feed of the cosmic refuge.
“Earth-based catastrophes such as large-scale volcanism and global warming can destroy the ozone layer, too, but evidence for those is inconclusive for the time interval in question,” Dr Brian Fields, lead author in the published article, said in a statement. “Instead, we propose that one or more supernova explosions, about 65 light-years away from Earth, could have been responsible for the protracted loss of ozone.”
NOTE: Fields initial statement is partially incorrect. Earth-based is slightly misleading. Not that the Earths core doesn’t play a role in seismic events but there is statistical evidence that earthquakes are effected by solar and geomagnetic phenomena in sequence.
Another interesting finding is a “new kind” of supernova that is “supercharged” by surrounding debris from previous explosions. Sort of like how a conductor can amplify electricity.
Image Credit: NASA and Larry Nitter