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Something unusual is happening with our planet’s magnetic field

MAGNETICThe South Atlantic Anomaly is an area where Earth’s protective magnetic shield is at its weakest. This image was taken by the Doris instrument onboard the satellite known as Jason-1. (Cnes/CLS)

For the past 160 years, it’s been weakening at an alarming rate. Scientists are concerned that one day, our magnetic poles could flip like they did 780,000 years ago. When that happens, we will lose a vital force field that keeps radiation from the sun and space at bay. It’ll also scorch the technology our society depends on.

There’s one spot in particular scientists are most worried about. It’s known as the “South Atlantic Anomaly,” which stretches from Chile to Zimbabwe where the field is at its weakest. Right now it’s hazardous for any satellites travelling through the zone because they’re exposed to…

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